Pasifika social science researchers in Pacific contexts are encouraged to use research methods that reflect the lived realities of their participants, rather than reproduce what are seen as Western methods of research. As a Pasifika process, talanoa has become a popular research method, often likened to narrative interviews. It has been defined as an open, informal conversation between people in which they share their stories, thoughts and feelings (Vaioleti, 2006).
The indigenous development research agenda is centred on understanding and affecting social change. Kaupapa Māori theory (research theory and methodology that is uniquely Māori) and critical discourse analysis are two theoretical and methodological frameworks that can contribute to this broad agenda. The two frameworks are connected through critical theory, transdisciplinary approaches to research, tino rangatiratanga (chieftainship) and, most significantly, actualizing social change.
Indigenous involvement at all stages of research has been called for over several decades and is now an increasingly accepted requirement. This paper outlines the research approaches of the Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change: The Arabunna, South Australia project, which in the initial development phase identified a number of basic tenets. The intent is to outline these tenets, discuss the level of Indigenous involvement and activity within this project and analyse the approach taken in the context of key features articulated within Indigenous research over previous decades.
This article briefly defines mo‘okū‘auhau (genealogy) and acknowledges other Kanaka Maoli (native Hawaiian) academics that have prioritized the Hawaiian value and importance of genealogy, both traditionally and contemporarily. It engages with diverse Kanaka Maoli approaches to mo‘okū‘auhau as methodology and concludes with my own interpretation and empirical examples from my doctoral thesis, N ā Mo‘okū‘auhau Holowa‘a: Native Hawaiian Women’s Stories of the Voyaging Canoe Hōkūle‘a(Wilson, 2010).
This article discusses Debwewin Journey methodology that involves the “circle of heart” knowledge and the “circle of mind” knowledge working together. Rooted in “Anishinaabemowin” (the language of the “original peoples”), Anishinaabe (original man) traditional teachings, and Midewiwin scroll knowledge, this methodological approach predates European arrival on Turtle Island.