A new generation of indigenous researchers is taking its place in the world of social research in increasing numbers. These scholars provide new insights into communities under the research gaze and offer new ways of knowing to traditional scholarly models. They also move the research community toward more sensitive and collaborative practices. But it comes at a cost. Many in this generation have met with resistance or indifference in their journeys through the academic system and in the halls of power. They also often face ethical quandaries or even strong opposition from their own communities. The life stories in this book present the journeys of over 30 indigenous researchers from six continents and many different disciplines. They show, in their own words, the challenges, paradoxes, and oppression they have faced, their strategies for overcoming them, and how their work has produced more meaningful research and a more just society.

chapter 1|30 pages

The Journey Begins

chapter 2|18 pages

The Process that Led Me to Become an Indigenous Researcher

ByAndrina Komala Lini Thomas (Vanuatu)

chapter 3|12 pages

I Never Really Had Any Role Models

ByArt Hernandez (Mexico/United States)

chapter 5|12 pages

Becoming a Kaupapa Ma-ori Researcher

ByCherryl Smith (Aotearoa New Zealand)

chapter 6|22 pages

An African Narrative: The Journey of an Indigenous Social Researcher in South Africa

ByKholeka Constance Moloi (South Africa)

chapter 8|20 pages

Indigenous Research with a Cultural Context

ByFiona Hornung (Australia)

chapter 9|18 pages

Being and Becoming an Indigenous Social Researcher

ByGabriel Cruz Ignacio (Mexico)

chapter 12|16 pages

An Aboriginal Health Worker’s Research Story

ByJuanita Sherwood (Australia)

chapter 13|20 pages

Nurturing the Gift of Understanding Different Realities

ByKeiko Kuji-Shikatani (Japan/Canada)

chapter 14|10 pages

Inuujunga: The Intricacy of Indigenous and Western Epistemologies in the Arctic

ByLooee Okalik (Canada)

chapter 15|12 pages

The Context within: My Journey into Research

ByManulani Aluli Meyer (Hawai’i)

chapter 16|16 pages

Prospects and Challenges of Becoming an Indigenous Researcher

ByMotheo Koitsiwe (South Africa)

chapter 18|18 pages

Research in Relationship with Humans, the Spirit World, and the Natural World

ByPolly Walker (United States)

chapter 19|16 pages

Lens from the “Bottom of the Well”

ByRicardo Alfonso Millett (Panama)

chapter 20|20 pages

Neyo way in ik issi: A Family Practice of Indigenist Research Informed by Land

ByShawn Wilson and Alexandria Wilson (Alaska)

chapter 22|14 pages

From Refusal to Getting Involved in Romani Research in conversation with Luisa Cortés, Coral Santiago,

ByRocío García, Patricia Melgar, and Teresa Sordé and Saray Santiago (Spain)

chapter 23|14 pages

Interpreting the Journey: Where Words, Stories Formed

ByVictoria Hykes Steere (Alaska)

chapter 24|8 pages

The Onward Journey

ByCésar A. Cisneros Puebla (Mexico)