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Research Is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods

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Describing a research paradigm shared by indigenous scholars in Canada and Australia, this study demonstrates how this standard can be put into practice. Portraying indigenous researchers as knowledge seekers who work to progress indigenous ways of being, knowing, and doing in a constantly evolving context, this examination shows how relationshipsboth shape indigenous real ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Fernwood Publishing Co., Ltd.
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Hannah Spencer
A must read for Indigenous scholars. Provides another voice, another perspective to academia and research. The Western way isn't the other way. Reading this book was personally challenging for me, as it called into question things I had taken for granted... For example, research should be objective. Wilson argues that research can't and shouldn't be objective. *boom* mind blown.

Wilson says Indigenous research is about relationality and relational accountability. Ah, and isn't that what life's a
This book was great. It is a must read for anyone embarking on Indigenous research, if only to understand more fully the cyclical, relational nature of Indigenous knowledge and respectful ways to negotiate that space. Wilson's writing style allows familiarity to grow and the reader is able to increase their comfort level with the material at their own pace. A small book but heavy with useful theory and knowledge.
Analouise Keating
Brilliant, timely, and vital.
Cutcha Risling Baldy
I will wrote a more thorough review on my website. But in short- lots of good information and a good introduction to the "conversation" of Indigenous Research and Methodology. Provides some basic information for those who may not have a background in the subject area but also provides stimulating discussion and topic areas of the many aspects of research as ceremony.
Scott Neigh
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This book reads like a schizophrenic with ADD wrote it and I love it. Wilson jumps back and forth from an academic voice to an indigenous one and the result is a story of research that is a thesis. I would recommend this book for any Indigenous student, or scholars, Indigenous or not, working with cultures outside the dominant one.

While I thought that this book made a number of very good points, I also feel like some of these approaches aren't as unheard of in non-Indigenous contexts as the author seems to believe. Either that, or I've been fortunate to work in unusual circumstances and with some exceptional people over the years.
This was a good book for helping understand why community based research with indigenous populations can work best if it is driven from the community base :-)
Jenny Shanahan
Research is Ceremony is a very important theoretical work; it's just pretty dry/academic, and I struggled to say engaged at times.
Excellent book for discussing Indigenous Research Methods definitely recommend to anyone who is doing research for the first time
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“The purpose of any ceremony is to build stronger relationship or bridge the distance between our cosmos and us. The research that we do as Indigenous people is a ceremony that allows us a raised level of consciousness and insight into our world. Through going forward together with open minds and good hearts we have uncovered the nature of this ceremony” 3 likes
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