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Indigenous Research Methodologies


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

(From aboriginalizing methdology: considering the canoe by Peter Cole).

This research guide provides strategies for finding resources about and exemplars of Indigenous research methodologies.

Although folks are familiar with the concept of Indigenous Methodologies, we are commonly asked for examples so people can ground their understanding. For this reason we have curated a short list of examples:

Defining Indigenous Research Methodologies

Shawn Wilson asserts, "Indigenous research methodology means talking about relational accountability. As a researcher you are answering to all your relations when you are doing research.” (From What is an Indigenous Research Methodology? In Canadian Journal of Native Education, 2001, p. 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.” (From Decolonizing methodologies: research and Indigenous peoples. 2nd edition, 2012, p. 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. (From Indigenous Research Methodology: Exploratory Discussion of an Elusive Subject. In Journal of Educational Thought, 1999).


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