Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Public Health

Indigenous Methodologies: Characteristics, Conversations, and Contexts

Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Public Health

Indigenous Methodologies: Characteristics, Conversations, and Contexts

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Kovach M. Indigenous Methodologies: Characteristics, Conversations, and Contexts. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press, 2009;201 pp.

Indigenous Methodologies: Characteristics, Conversations and Contexts articulates the theoretical and epistemological distinctiveness of Indigenous methodologies and proposes approaches to research that centre Indigenous ways of knowing. It does so through a series of nine chapters that contribute thoughtful commentary on many existential questions posed within Indigenous scholarship, including: allied approaches to non-Indigenous research, the centering of cultural protocols, story-telling as method, the role of one's subjective interpretation in the creation of knowledge, and how doing research 'in a good way' means not only asking the 'right' questions, or even learning how to ask them properly, but truly reflecting on who we are when we do the asking. The book integrates conversations between the author and six Indigenous scholars regarding the concepts covered in the book. This text is translated from the author's doctoral dissertation.

Margaret Kovach extends the ground-breaking conversation begun by Linda Tuhiwai Smith's (1999) text Decolonizing Methodologies. Kovach argues that Indigenous scholars must continue to use a decolonizing lens in conjunction with Indigenous epistemologies. …

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