Over the past decade many people and many efforts have been focused on understanding the role of stories in Indigenous cultures and integrating this knowledge into current day practices. A recent example of these many efforts is the recently released book titled Decolonizing Research: Indigenous Storywork as Methodology, editors Jo-ann Archibald Q’um Q’um Xiiem, Jenny Bol Jun Lee-Morgan from the Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand, and Jason De Santolo from the University of Technology Sydney, Australia.
This book includes contributions from 19 Indigenous storyworkers from Canada, Aotearoa New Zealand, and Australia who have used Indigenous stories in their research regarding math and literacy education, health, justice, community development, the arts-film, literary studies, ethical protocols, and Indigenous knowledge systems. Linda Tuhiwai Smith says, “This volume presents a powerful collection of Indigenous storyworkers who have thought, not just about the power of stories, but, about the power of working with stories, as a means to draw insights and possibilities to Indigenous experiences and knowledge” (Foreword). Decolonizing research is an on-going challenge, but, also results in innovative methodology and meaningful benefits to Indigenous communities through the use of Indigenous Storywork.
Available June 2019. Decolonizing Research: Indigenous Storywork as Methodology. Editors: Jo-ann Archibald, Jenny Lee-Morgan, Jason De Santolo. Published by Zed Books.
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