Kathleen E. Absolon (Minogiizhigokwe)

Wilfrid Laurier

Kathleen E. Absolon is Anishinaabe kwe from Flying Post First Nation and teaches wholistic knowledges in the Aboriginal Field of Study, Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University.

  • Kaandossiwin

    How We Come to Know

    By Kathleen E. Absolon (Minogiizhigokwe)     September 2011

    Indigenous methodologies have been silenced and obscured by the Western scientific means of knowledge production. In a challenge to this colonialist rejection of Indigenous knowledge, Anishinaabe researcher Kathleen Absolon examines the academic work of fourteen Indigenous scholars who utilize Indigenous worldviews in their search for knowing. Through an examination not only of their work but also of their experience in producing that work, Kaandossiwin describes how Indigenous researchers re-theorize and re-create methodologies. Understanding Indigenous methodologies as guided by Indigenous paradigms, worldviews, principles, processes and contexts, Absolon argues that they are wholistic, relational, inter-relational and interdependent with Indigenous philosophies, beliefs and ways of life. In exploring the ways Indigenous researchers use Indigenous methodologies within mainstream academia, Kaandossiwin renders these methods visible and helps to guard other ways of knowing from colonial repression.

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