Kovach (2010). Introduction. (Indigenous Methodologies: Characteristics, Conversations, and Contexts.)

Kovach, M. (2010). Introduction. In Indigenous Methodologies: Characteristics, Conversations, and Contexts (pp. 9–22). University of Toronto Press.

“Respecting protocol, before starting the presentation I acknowledged the territory and introduced myself. I shared aspects of my background with the audience – tribal and community affiliations, personal background, professional experience – to offer enough identity markers to situate me.” (p 9)

“… young Indigenous people who share a story that holds an undertone of a deep desire to come [page break] back to one’s own culture.” (p 10-11)

“A premise found in a Nêhiýaw epistemology is about giving back to community, and as researchers we can do this by sharing our work so that it can assist others.” (p 11)

“Simultaneously, I struggled with the appropriateness of bringing an oral-based knowledge system into an academic world that has only recently become open to it. Conducting and defending this research, and the knowledges that it holds, ensures a level of exposure within academia. Publication of the research, however, would heighten its vulnerability.” (p 12)

“While colonialism has interrupted this organic transmission, many Indigenous peoples recognize that for their cultural knowledge to thrive it must live in many sites, including Western education and research. Contemporary universities are centres where knowledge is created, maintained, and upheld. Research powers this force. By entering these knowledge centres, Indigenous peoples are well positioned to carry out research that upholds cultural knowledges. Indigenous research frameworks are conceptual tools that can assist.” (p 12)

“The act of sharing through personal narrative, teaching story, and general conversation is a method by which each generation is accountable to the next in transmitting knowledge.” (p 14)

“Laara Fitznor is of Nêhiýaw ancestry from northern Manitoba. She received her doctorate in education from the Department of Adult Education, Community Development and Counselling at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.” (p 15)

“Jeannine Carriere shares her research story, one imbued with a holistic sensibility that moves beyond thought alone. She explains why it is important to capture in the research the self as it comes to know, and identifies methods for researchers to go about this aspect of research.” (p 18)

“Self-location, cultural grounding, and purpose are the essence of Chapter 6. … Within the chapter, Indigenous researchers share methods for capturing location, grounding, and purpose, such as portfolios and journals, as part of their research methodology.” (p 18)

[“Who Will Find This Book of Interest?” (p 19) …]

[“A Note about Terminology” (p 20) …]

“Referring to the use of the term _theory_, Cree scholar Neal McLeod acknowledges a positioning that thinking beyond the colonial box is ‘a theoretical activity,’ while others hold the perspective that theory is ‘an inherently Western idea and cannot be rendered within Indigenous philosophies’ (2007: 98).” (p 20)

“Throughout this text, the term _Western_ is used as a descriptive term for a particular ontological, epistemological, sociological, and ideological way of thinking and being as differentiated from Eastern thought, an Indigenous worldview, and so forth. It is understood that Western thought is not monolithic or static, that it holds within it rich diversity and contributions; however, this book is not devoted to examining the intricacies of a Western worldview. Still it is a book on Indigenous methodologies and by necessity must examine Western colonialism and its influence on Indigenous knowledge. The purpose is not to propagate unhelpful binaries, but to point out that Indigenous approaches to seeking knowledge are not of a Western worldview, a matter that colonialism (and its supporters) has long worked to confuse.” (p 21)

Selected References

  • McLeod, N. (2007). Cree Narrative Memory — From Treaties to Contemporary Times. Saskatoon: Purich.
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