Indigenous Maori Research: A Genealogical Approach

Mr James Graham
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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
Stream: Research Methodologies, Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Kia ū, kia mau ki tō Māoritanga

Mr James Graham

Lecturer, Department of Maori and Multicultural Education - Massey University College of Education, Massey University
Palmerston North, Manawatu, New Zealand

James is currently employed as a lecturer working in both the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at Massey University College of Education. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Māori Studies and a Master of Education degree where his thesis examined the notion of partnership between schools and their Māori communities. James is currently researching towards his Doctor of Philosophy degree at Massey University in the field of Māori education where his research employs both indigenous knowledge and Māori-centred research paradigms in exploring and validating the notion of whakapapa (genealogy) as a legitimate research methodology.

Ref: I06P0077