From Oceania to North America, indigenous peoples have created storytelling traditions of incredible depth and diversity. The term “indigenous storywork” has come to encompass the sheer breadth of ways in which indigenous storytelling serves as a historical record, as a form of teaching and learning, and as an expression of indigenous culture and identity. But such traditions have too often been relegated to the realm of myth and legend, recorded as fragmented distortions, or erased altogether.
Decolonizing Research brings together indigenous researchers and activists from Canada, Australia, and New Zealand to assert the unique value of indigenous storywork as a focus of research, and to develop methodologies that rectify the colonial attitudes inherent in much past and current scholarship. By bringing together their own indigenous perspectives, and by treating indigenous storywork on its own terms, the contributors illuminate valuable new avenues for research, and show how such reworked scholarship can contribute to the movement for indigenous rights and self-determination.
About the Author
Jo-ann Archibald (Q’um Q’um Xiiem) is a scholar and educational practitioner from the Sto:lo and St’at’imc First Nations in British Columbia, Canada. She is professor emeritus in the Educational Studies Department at the UBC Faculty of Education. Archibald is the author of Indigenous Storywork: Educating the Heart, Mind, Body, and Spirit. Jenny Bol Jun Lee-Morgan is a scholar and educational practitioner of Waikato, Ngāti Mahuta Māori descent. She is deputy director of the Te Kotahi Research Institute at the University of Waikato. Her books include Jade Taniwha: Maori-Chinese Identity and Schooling in Aotearoa. Jason De Santolo is a researcher of Garrwa and Barunggam Australian Aboriginal descent. He is a senior researcher at the Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research at the University of Technology, Sydney.
"Who controls a culture’s stories is both an intellectual and a political issue, and in an age of identity politics, a people’s myths and histories have become a focal point of contention as well as scholarship...As a vehicle for hearing the perspective of these voices, this volume will be useful for stimulating further discussion..." — L. Rosen, emeritus, Princeton University