Motivated by the author’s experience in an Indigenous Studies doctoral programme, this article examines what is inherent within the meaning of Indigenous in the term Indigenous methodologies. Through this examination it becomes evident that Traditional knowledges are not interchangeable with Indigenous within the term. To better reflect the inherent meanings of Indigenous the author characterizes two types of Indigenous methodology which are coined “strategic Indigenous methodologies” and “convergence Indigenous methodologies”. This article also discusses the negative implications of assuming that Traditional knowledges are at the centre of Indigenous methodologies and provides insight into how conceptions of Indigenous methodologies can expand to be more inclusive of Traditional knowledges.
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