RESEARCH IS CEREMONY: Indigenous Research Methods

Category: Book
By (author): Wilson, Shawn
Subject:  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Native American Studies
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Methodology
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Research
Publisher: Fernwood Publishing
Published: July 2008
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in x 0.00in
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From The Publisher*Describing a research paradigm shared by indigenous scholars in Canada and Australia, this study demonstrates how this standard can be put into practice. Portraying indigenous researchers as knowledge seekers who work to progress indigenous ways of being, knowing, and doing in a constantly evolving context, this examination shows how relationships both shape indigenous reality and are vital to reality itself. These same knowledge seekers develop relationships with ideas in order to achieve enlightenment in the ceremony of maintaining accountability. Envisioning researchers as accountable to all relations, this overview proves that careful choices should be made regarding selection of topics, methods of data collection, forms of analysis, and the way in which information is presented.
From The Publisher*Indigenous researchers are knowledge seekers that work to progress Indigenous ways of being, knowing and doing in a modern and constantly evolving context. This book describes a research paradigm shared by Indigenous scholars in Australia and Canada, and demonstrates how this paradigm can be put into practice. Relationships don?t just shape Indigenous reality - they are our reality. Indigenous researchers develop relationships with ideas in order achieve enlightenment in the ceremony that is Indigenous Research. Indigenous Research is the ceremony of maintaining accountability to these relationships. For researchers to be accountable to all our relations, we must make careful choices in our selection topics, methods of data collection, forms of analysis, and finally in the way that we present information.
Biographical NoteShawn Wilson is an Opaskwayak Cree from northern Manitoba currently at the Northern Rivers University Department of Rural Health, NSW, Australia. He is also a father of three boys, a researcher, son, uncle, teacher, world traveller, knowledge keeper and knowledge seeker. As an educated Indian, he?s spent much of his life straddling the Indigenous and academic worlds. Most of my time these days is spent teaching other Indigenous knowledge seekers (and my kids) how to accomplish this balancing act while still keeping both feet on the ground.