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9 June 2020 Methodology Matters: Designing a Pilot Study Guided by Indigenous Epistemologies
Sandra A. Juutilainen, Melanie Jeffrey, Suzanne Stewart
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Indigenous individuals and communities have experienced historic and ongoing negative interactions with Western health care and biomedical research. To rebuild trust and mitigate power structures between researchers and Indigenous peoples, researchers can adopt Indigenous epistemologies in methodologies, such as nonhierarchical approaches to relationship. This article shares models developed to bridge Indigenous epistemologies with Western qualitative and quantitative research methods and demonstrates how these epistemologies can be used to guide the authors' development of a pilot study on traumatic spinal cord injury.

Copyright © 2020 Wayne State University Press, Detroit, Michigan 48201
Sandra A. Juutilainen, Melanie Jeffrey, and Suzanne Stewart "Methodology Matters: Designing a Pilot Study Guided by Indigenous Epistemologies," Human Biology 91(3), 141-151, (9 June 2020).
Received: 9 August 2019; Accepted: 4 March 2020; Published: 9 June 2020
community-based research
ethical indigenous research
First Nations
indigenous epistemology
indigenous methodology
mixed methods
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