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An Indigenous language scholar from Stradbroke Island has had her latest paper recalled after plagiarism complaints.
Quandamooka woman Sandra Delaney had her article “Reconceptualising a Quandamooka Storyweave of language reclamation”, published by Sage Journals in July, passed by a “double-blind” peer review process.
Shortly after it was published in the International Journal of Cultural Studies, the journal was contacted by two First Nations language researchers from the US who said their work had been plagiarised.
In a review, Sage editors found five more cases of plagiarism and this month issued a retraction of the article.
Many of the plagiarised papers were unpublished PhD theses from American and Canadian universities dealing with the effects of colonisation on Native American languages and reclamation of those languages.
The rest were published in education and nursing journals and publications specifically relating to colonisation issues.
The paper dealt with colonial theft of land and how it led to the partial loss of local Jandai language and how it had been rediscovered through visual storytelling. “This article outlines a complex, vibrant, interweaving of language as a decolonising practice through creative outcomes,” the original abstract said.
“I will summarise how the Quandamooka tradition of weaving served as a theoretical framework for the reclamation of Jandai language. Shaped by a paradigm of language reclamation, it describes a Quandamooka worldview which is based on the connection Quandamooka people share with our Ancestors and our Country.”
It details the creation of the “Quandamooka Storyweave” as a forum for elders to more comfortably share their stories.
Ms Delaney is a prominent figure among Nunagal, Goenbal and Ngugi people, whose traditional homeland, Quandamooka, was the mainland, islands and water around Moreton Bay, off Brisbane.