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The sharing of indigenous knowledge through academic means by implementing self-reflection and story

Sweeney Windchief, Kenneth E. Ryan

2019 United States

Indigenous research scholars navigate a complex landscape that is impacted by their relationships, as well as the roles and responsibilities that come with both their Indigenous and professional positionality. This article contemplates the passing of Indigenous knowledge through academic means by implementing self-reflection and story. Concluding that Indigenous research is for Indigenous community, this article explores questions such as What are the “Rules” to using Indigenous methodologies in research? How can we use Indigenous methodologies in research that reflect the nuance of our community identity? How can we reciprocate in the sharing of Indigenous knowledge? and finally, How can we share Indigenous knowledge in a way that maintains cultural protocol? The practical implications of this work include support for Indigenous methodologies and consider the tri-cultural context of the He Manawa Whenua Indigenous research community. Future work connected with the findings includes complicating the perceptions of research from both academic and Indigenous community perspectives

Indigenous knowledge, indigenous epistemologies, indigenous methodologies, relationality