With Aboriginal drag queens you never just “spin a yarn”—you have a Kiki. As depicted in the film Paris Is Burning (Livingston, 2005), having a “Kiki” means to discuss, chatter, gossip, and have a good time with your “good Judys”, your girlfriends. It is a term created by transgender and Queer people of colour that I respectfully adopt in sharing my stories and experiences as a Queer-identified Aboriginal Australian who practices and enjoys the multifaceted art of drag transformation and performance.
Many Aboriginal Australians have participated in, and take pleasure from, country music. Country music has provided a vehicle for Aboriginal people to tell our stories and assert our connection to “Country”—a term used to describe our ancestral lands. Country music is often associated with such terms as “redneck” and “hillbilly” (Malone, 2006) and is often associated with White working class. However, Indigenous participation in the country music genre disrupts this assumption. Indigenous people as both consumers and producers derive a great deal of pleasure from the country music genre.
Shared decision making (SDM) may narrow health equity gaps by engaging clients with their health care providers in decision making; little is known about SDM interventions with Aboriginal people. This study describes the health decision- making experiences of Aboriginal women by identifying decision needs, supports, and barriers. An interpretive descriptive qualitative study was conducted from January to June 2013 with an advisory group using a mutually developed ethical framework, participatory research principles, and postcolonial theory.
The study of Indigenous peoples and their cultures has in the past raised serious ethical questions within the academic sphere as well as in the Aboriginal community. This paper examines culturally appropriate and sensitive research ethics within urban Aboriginal communities in Canada, through the lens of the research guideline of Ownership, Control, Access and Possession, and the more recent Utility, Self- Voicing, Access and Inter- relationality framework created by the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres.
Death and funeral practices are a constant presence in many Aboriginal Australians’ lives research in some communities found they are eight times more likely to have attended a funeral in the previous 2 years than non- Aboriginal people. This can be explained by two major factors: inordinately high rates of Aboriginal mortality and cultural practices around death (broadly referred to as Sorry Business). Research in other contexts has found traditions once reserved solely for face- to- face interactions are now also taking place online on social media.
This study was a preliminary investigation into the preservation of Indigenous language and culture through educational technology. Using the research methods of an online questionnaire, on-site visits, semi-structured interviews and reflective journals, I examined current methods adopted by Aboriginal Language and Culture (ALC) teachers in British Columbia. This article provides the summary of the online questionnaire.
Culturally based healing practices provide a more comprehensive and thus more effective method to assist Aboriginal community members struggling with family violence. Explored in this paper are some of the unique learning methodological perspectives and approaches unearthed during a three-year study with the Vancouver, British Columbia, organization called the Warriors Against Violence Society. Their unique model provides ways of healing from presently felt wounds through traditional wisdom and storytelling practices.
A First Nations housing initiative in Alberta, Canada—the “Millennium Housing Project”—is examined using a retrospective case study approach. This article intends to build on the already established linkage between institutional and culture theory perspectives by examining this real world example.
This paper reviews contemporary concepts and practices in Indigenous governance. The purpose is threefold: to outline trends in and ways forward for Indigenous governance; to identify some common yet problematic approaches to Indigenous self-determination; and to discuss the different ways that Indigenous self-determination is defined. The paper serves as a literature review of Indigenous governance specifically in the Canadian context. The ideas discussed are framed within the concepts of democracy, critical Indigenous theory and governance.
There has been little discussion in Australia about the different experiences of racism directed towards light-skinned Aboriginal people. Research on racism in Australia has tended to incorporate all Aboriginal people and has not examined in detail the experiences of lighter-skinned Aboriginal people. This paper is based on research that was undertaken as part of a study on light-skinned Aboriginal people with little or no community or kinship ties and how they formulated their cultural identity.