Indigenous Science Knowledge and Epistemologies in Practice: Living Everyday Research
Keywords:Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Education, Science, Knowledge Holders, Elders, Lands, Ancestors.
This paper emerges from an understanding of Indigenous Science, Education, and research as being non-compartmentalized, interrelated, interconnected and wholistic. It focuses on Indigenous research and science epistemologies and worldviews, and it examines some of the ways in which Indigenous research and Indigenous Science are understood and carried out in everyday living practice. Numerous Indigenous scholars in Canada and elsewhere have pointed out that Indigenous peoples have always engaged in research. This paper draws on accounts of living Indigenous research and general knowledge practices in relation to salt pond harvesting to help to understand Indigenous Science methodologies as forms of living Indigenous knowledges. It reflects, and draws on, the works of Indigenous scholars and looks at the many ways in which research and science are conceptualized, practiced, and express Indigenous everyday education and inquiry.
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