How We Come to Know

By Kathleen E.  Absolon (Minogiizhigokwe)  

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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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  • May 2020
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  • Part 1 - Preparing & Gathering
  • Re-searching
  • Indigenous Re-search
  • Part 2 - The Berries I Picked
  • Introducing the Re-searchers and Their Search
  • Wholistic Worldviews and Methodologies
  • Roots: Paradigms, Worldviews and Principles
  • The Centre Flower: Self as Central
  • The Leaves: The Journey
  • An Organic Process
  • The Stem: Backbone and Supports
  • The Petals: Diverse Methodologies
  • Indigenous Thesis Research in the Academy
  • Winding Down the Search
  • References


  • Kathleen E.  Absolon (Minogiizhigokwe)

    Professor, Wilfrid Laurier

    Kathleen Absolon is Anishinaabe kwe from Flying Post First Nation Treaty 9. Her relationships to the land, ancestors, Nation, community, and family deeply informs her re-search. She is a Full Professor in the Indigenous Field of Study, Faculty of Social Work and the Director of the Centre for Indigegogy at Wilfrid Laurier University.

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