Critiquing Knowing and Protecting Knowledge

Dr Sarah-Jane Tiakiwai,
Dr Cherryl Waerea-i-te-rangi Smith,
Mr Takirirangi Smith,
Carl Mika,
Donna Gardiner
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Knowledge is a fraught concept within indigenous communities; in particular the acquisition of knowledge through research is a practice which indigenous peoples are wary of. Frequently the practice of knowledge acquisition is premised on how knowledge may be acquired most sensitively rather than whether it should be acquired to begin with. As researched communities, indigenous peoples are contesting dominant notions of knowledge and are beginning to find an appropriate resting place for 'knowledge' and its overwhelmingly Western characteristics.

These papers shall examine culturally defined strata of knowledge within various contexts. They shall critique the Western assumption of knowledge and consider the ways in which Maori, the indigenous peoples of Aotearoa/New Zealand, interact with knowledge and the environment from which knowledge may originate. Many Maori believe that words themselves contain a spiritual essence and hence innervate knowledge, and so are extremely careful with revealing knowledge. Reflections on ways in which Maori might pursue 'being' with the world rather than 'knowing' it form part of these presentations.

Maori may also deem the revealing of knowledge appropriate, particularly when their own communities are recipients of the knowledge. The presenters shall therefore discuss the ways in which Maori seek to revive and protect knowledge. All presenters – Cherryl Smith, Takirirangi Smith, Sarah-Jane Tiakiwai, Carl Mika and Donna Gardiner – will present on the critique and protection of Maori knowledge. As they shall emphasise, some of the critique/protection challenges are manifestations of greater philosophical conflicts with the West, and these cultural mismatches will be described within their presentations. 'Maori and Knowledge'. Dr Cherryl Smith

Briefly this paper will examine how Maori theorising arises out of Maori action.

'Learning from the Canoe'. Takirirangi Smith

This paper will examine traditional Maori knowledge.

'Defining Knowing'. Dr Sarah-Jane Tiakiwai

This paper examines how Maori knowing has been defined in the New Zealand tertiary education system.

'Critiquing Knowing and Protecting Knowledge'. Carl Mika

This paper critiques the implications of western definitions of knowledge for indigenous peoples.

'Globalisation and Maori Knowledge'. Donna Gardiner

This paper examines the impact of globalisation on Maori knowledge.

Keywords: Maori, Knowledge
Stream: Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies and Humanities
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: A paper has not yet been submitted.

Dr Sarah-Jane Tiakiwai

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Postgraduate Studies and Research, Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi
Whakatane, New Zealand

Dr Cherryl Waerea-i-te-rangi Smith

Co-Director, Te Atawhai o te Ao Research Institute, Te Atawhai o te Ao Research Institute
Whanganui, New Zealand

Mr Takirirangi Smith

Tutor, Whitireia Polytechnic
Wellington, New Zealand

Carl Mika

Lecturer, Faculty of Postgraduate Studies and Research, Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi
Whakatane, New Zealand

Donna Gardiner

Program Officer, Nga Pae o te Maramatanga Centre
(The National Institute of Research Excellence for Maori Development and Advancement), University of Auckland

Auckland, New Zealand

Ms Donna Ngaronoa Gardiner
Tribal Affiliation (Ngai Te Rangi, Ngati Ranginui)
Donna is currently progressing a PhD on Maori Leadership and is passionate about whanau (family) and hapu( extended family) Development. She is committed to Maori and Indigenous whanau development.

Ref: I06P0310