Indigenous Pathways into Social Research: Voices of a New Generation

This publication brings together the experience and perspectives of IndigenousIndigenous Pathways into Social Research Voices of a New Generat.pdf peoples and their pathway to research and evaluation. They show, in their own words, the challenges, paradoxes, and oppression they have faced, their strategies for overcoming them, and how their work has produced more meaningful research and a more just society.

The life stories in this book present the journeys of over 30 indigenous researchers from many different disciplines and six continents and 14 countries including Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, Burkino Faso, Cameroon, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Vanuatu and the United States (Alaska, Hawaii) and Cherokee.

Donna MertensFiona Cram and Bagele Chilisa are the editors.The book is published by Left Coast Press and is available as a paperback, hardback and ebook. I contributed a chapter with Kataraina Pipi, Kirimatao Paipa and Viviienne Kennedy titled Hinerauwhariki: tapestries of life for four Māori women in evaluation.

The table of content below provides a glimpse of the rich tapestry of experiences and insights from these world leading indigenous researchers and evaluators.

  1. Introduction: Making visible indigenous approaches to research, Bagele Chilisa, Fiona Cram, and Donna M. Mertens
  2. The role of researcher in a cultural context, Fiona Hornung, Australia
  3. Indigenism, public intellectual and the forever opposed, or the makings of a ‘hori academic’, Brad Coombs, New Zealand
  4. Promoting a culture of evaluation with roots in Sri Lanka, Soma de Silva, Sri Lanka
  5. The context within: my journey into research, Manulani Meyer, Hawai’i
  6. Researcher from Panama, Ricardo Millett, Panama
  7. An African narrative: the journal of an indigenous social researcher in South Africa, Connie Moloi, South Africa
  8. Indigenous research from the highlands of Papua New Guinea, Simon Passingnan, Papua New Guinea
  9. Hinerauwhariki: tapestries of life for four Māori women in evaluation, Nan Wehipeihana, Kataraina Pipi, Vivienne Kennedy, and Kirimatao Paipa, New Zealand
  10. An Aboriginal health worker’s research story, Juanita Sherwood, Australia
  11. Becoming a Kaupapa Maori researcher, Cherryl Smith, New Zealand
  12. Interpreting the journey: where words, stories formed, Victoria Hykes Steere, Alaska
  13. The process that led me to become an indigenous researchers, Andrina Komala Lini Thomas, Vanuatu, Pacific Islands
  14. Indigenous researcher’s thoughts: An experience from research with communities in Burkina Faso using participatory methods, Issaka Herman Traore, Burkina Faso
  15. Researcher in relationship with humans, the spirit world and the natural world, Polly Walker, Native American Cherokee
  16. Drawn from the traditions of Cameroon: Lessons from 21 years of practice, Debazou Yantio Yantio, Cameroon
  17. Nayo way in id issi: A family practice of indigenist research informed by land, Shawn Wilson and Alexandria Wilson, Opaskwayak Cree, Canada
  18. Indigenous research from the heel of the earth, Looee Okalik, Inuk, Canada
  19. From refusal to getting involved in Romani research, Rocio Garcia, Patricia Melgar and Teresa Sorde in conversation with Luisa Cortes, Coral Santiago, and Saray Santiago, Spain
  20. Being and becoming indigenous social researchers, Gabriel Cruz Ignacio, Mexico
  21. I did not get here by myself, Keiko Kuji-Shikatani, Japan
  22. I never had any role models, Art Hernandez, Mexico
  23. Alcoholism to indigenous research: My journey as a healer in interior Alaska, James Johnson, Alaska
  24. Prospects and challenges of becoming an indigenous researcher in South Africa, Motheo Koitsiwe, South Africa
  25. The pathway forward, Fiona Cram, Bagele Chilisa, Donna M. Mertens

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