When the marginalised research the privileged
One Māori group’s experience
Since the introduction of academic research as a tool of imperialism and colonisation, indigenous people have responded to the intent, processes and implementation of its insights about their lives and experiences in a range of ways. While many of these responses have been reactionary, greater epistemological innovation is opening up new ways for indigenous researchers to understand and interpret their social world. Recent efforts have even sought to apply indigenous frameworks to the lives and experiences of their colonisers. This paper outlines one such initiative and attempts to demonstrate how this may provide valuable insights for participants, indigenous researchers and the academy itself.