What are Indigenous research methodologies, and how do they unfold? Indigenous methodologies flow from tribal knowledge, and while they are allied with several western qualitative approaches, they remain distinct. These are the focal considerations of Margaret Kovach's study,which offers guidance to those conducting research in the academy using Indigenous methodologies. Kovach includes topics such as Indigenous epistemologies, decolonizing theory, story as method, situating self and culture, Indigenous methods, protocol, meaning-making, and ethics. In exploring these elements, the book interweaves perspectives from six Indigenous researchers who share their stories, and also includes excerpts from the author's own journey into Indigenous methodologies. Indigenous Methodologies is an innovative and important contribution to the emergent discourse on Indigenous research approaches and will be of use to graduate students, professors, and community-based researchers of all backgrounds - both within the academy and beyond.
Margaret Kovach is an assistant professor in the College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan.
Acknowledgments Prologue Introduction * Indigenous and Qualitative Inquiry: A Round Dance? * Creating Indigenous Research Frameworks* Epistemology and Research: Centring Tribal Knowledge* Applying a Decolonizing Lens within Indigenous Research Frameworks* Story as Indigenous Methodology* Situating Self, Culture, and Purpose in Indigenous Inquiry* Indigenous Research Methods and Interpretation* Doing Indigenous Research in a Good Way-Ethics and Reciprocity* Situating Indigenous Research within the Academy Conclusion Epilogue References Index