Indigenous Maori Research: A Genealogical Approach
This paper aims to validate how genealogy and an understanding of genealogy can be used by Māori researchers working among Māori communities. In doing so, this paper emphasises that a research methodology framed by genealogy not only authenticates Māori epistemology against Western traditions, it also supports the notion of a whakapapa (genealogical) research methodology being transplanted across the indigenous world; indigenous peoples researching among their indigenous communities worldwide. Consequently, indigenous identity is strengthened, as is the contribution of the concept of whakapapa to indigenous research paradigms worldwide.
Keywords: Innovative Practices Within the Community, Data Collection and Analysis That is Controlled by the 'Whakapapa' Approach, Whakapapa Literature and Research
Mr James Graham
Lecturer, Department of Maori and Multicultural Education - Massey University College of Education, Massey University