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Indigenous Research Methodologies

Indigenous Research


the practice of academically certified punctuation distances me 
from my sense of space time and natural speech patterns including translated ones
separating me from my connection with the earth  and its natural rhythms
the a priori presumption being that the written word is of paramount worth

Peter Cole, aboriginalizing methdology: considering the canoe


What is Indigenous Research Methodology?

This research guide is an introduction to finding resources about, and exemplars of, Indigenous research methodology.

Shawn Wilson  suggests that Indigenous research methodology “... means talking about relational accountability. As a researcher you are answering to all your relations when you are doing research.” "What is an Indigenous Research Methodology?” Canadian Journal of Native Education 25.2 (2001): 177

Linda Tuhiwai Smith  is concerned “not so much with the actual technique of selecting a method but much more with the context in which research problems are conceptualized and designed, and with the implications of research for its participants and their communities.” Decolonizing methodologies: research and Indigenous peoples. 2d edition, (2012): ix

Cora Weber-Pillwax distinguishes between Indigenous research methodology that may be selected as a methodology by all researchers and Indigenous research conducted by Indigenous scholars. Principles of Indigenous Research Methodology. Journal of Educational Thought (1999).

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