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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 relationships both shape indigenous rea ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Fernwood Publishing Co., Ltd.
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Aug 28, 2012 rated it liked it
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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.
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shawn Wilson's Research Is Ceremony primarily targets Indigenous people and social science scholars (mainly those from Canada and Australia). As a freshman from Syracuse University with declared majors in entrepreneurship and real estate, I am writing from a different, fresh, and relatable perspective to fellow undergraduate students about what might help them conduct the most commendable research they can.
Wilson proposes the Indigenous research paradigm after having experienced issues in main
Marina Wittmann
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
In his book, Research is Ceremony, author Shawn Wilson discusses the concept of an Indigenous research paradigm and the need for alternative methods of knowledge discovery. Wilson is a Cree scholar from Canada with experience in native studies and cultures around the globe. The book is an alternative format of his thesis paper and mixes two points of view- his scholarly view as a social scientist and his personal beliefs stemming from his background as an indigenous man. The book is mainly writt ...more
Feb 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shawn Wilson’s “Research Is Ceremony” is a book written on Indigenous peoples and their research methods, which he calls the ‘Indigenous research paradigm’. Wilson is Opaskwayak Cree from northern Manitoba, Canada. He talks greatly about his heritage and culture and how this Indigenous culture shapes his life, his relationships, and his research. He compares and highlights the gaping differences between the Indigenous world and the dominant one. He states that “research is all about unanswered q ...more
Evan Weig
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Research is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods is a book by the Cree scholar Shawn Wilson predominantly for the audience of indigenous social scientists. Cree is a nation of Indigenous Canadian’s native to Saskatchewan. I include this because part of Wilson’s whole argument is that it is essential to know the context of a person in order to know the person. Following along that same line of thought, I am Evan Weig, an undergrad student at SUNY ESF in Syracuse, NY studying Aquatics and Fisheri ...more
Alyssa Viggiano
Feb 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Wilson starts the book out by directly letting the reader know his writing style. One of his styles is a letter to his sons, and the other for academics. By writing parts of the book to his sons, it helps the reader understand his motivations on why he conducted his research and to develop a relationship with him, making the book more personal to the reader as well. I appreciated this writing style because it helps audiences similar to me, undergraduate majors in social sciences, get a grip on w ...more
John Gibson
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Feb 26, 2018 rated it liked it
In Research is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods, Shawn Wilson aims to explain an Indigenous research paradigm, and the underlying philosophies behind that paradigm. Relationality claims that any person, place, non-human, or object is not singular or separate. “We cannot be without being in a relationship with everything that surrounds us and is within us. Our reality, our ontology is the relationships” (76). In relationality, reality is not the object; rather it is all the relationships tha ...more
Kyle Hill
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shawn Wilson published Research Is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods to explore and share what an Indigenous paradigm encompasses. Being an Opaskwayak Cree from northern Manitoba, he set out to progress the acceptance of his culture. Wilson tailors a dynamic writing style, the relationality of knowledge, and how people share that knowledge to show his intent in reflecting Indigenous norms. The choices the author makes allow the audience of Culture Studies Scholars to interpret information in ...more
Shelby Rodger
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shawn Wilson's research text "Research is Ceremony" is an excellent example of an alternative approach to conducting research besides the more traditional "dominant" style that is often used. He utilizes the element of storytelling to give the reader a full understanding of his life as an Opaskwayak Cree scholar, along with the four elements of indigenous research that he believes to be the most important: epistemology, methodology, ontology, and axiology. Throughout each chapter, Wilson effecti ...more
Asif Mohammed
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wilson’s new book called Research is Ceremony is a book aimed mostly at new or upcoming scholars. These scholars would be aiming at going a different path from what Wilson defines as the “dominant research paradigm” while adopting the indigenous paradigm. The book is excellent as it is very elaborate on the key aspects of the indigenous form of research. Such features include the importance of storytelling, experience, relationships, and accountability towards those relationships. Each chapter i ...more
Gabe DeBarros
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I believe that this book is a must-read for people who want to change their methods of research as well as to build and indigenous outlook in ones day to day lives. It builds one understanding of what it truly means to engage in research as well as developing comftabrbility with the reader.
I was assigned this book as a school assignment and at first, was not fond to read the book. Upon completion, I have changed my outlook on the book and can truthfully say that it is a good read. Specifically
Jordyn Maloney
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was originally a book that I had to read for one of my classes in college, but I ended up loving it. Any book that you are forced to read, usually makes it a very hard read and gives you little to no interest in it. This book was the exception, Wilson has a different way or writing that just draws you in and makes you not want to put the book down. Reading an Indigenous research book is not anywhere near the top of my list for a fun book that I would care to read in my free time.
But, it wa
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reread-sometime
I enjoyed how positive the author is, and I liked the way he used the letters to his sons to work within the paradigm of and reinforce the importance of relationality. The whole book felt open and friendly (especially because of the author's non-critical stance and explicit inclusion of his collaborators), which made it very easy to read and absorb the ideas. The ideas in the book overall meshed really well with and helped reinforce what I have learned in working with Native people as an archaeo ...more
Hannah Spencer
Sep 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-for-school
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
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
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.
Cutcha Risling Baldy
May 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: research, methodology
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.
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book for discussing Indigenous Research Methods definitely recommend to anyone who is doing research for the first time
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 :-)
Sep 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Research is Ceremony is a very important theoretical work; it's just pretty dry/academic, and I struggled to say engaged at times.
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Analouise Keating
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant, timely, and vital.
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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” 5 likes
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