Research Is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods

Research Is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods

by Shawn Wilson
  • academic
  • diversity
  • english-from-canada
  • indigenous
Indigenous researchers are knowledge seekers who work to progress Indigenous ways of being, knowing and doing in a modern and constantly evolving context. This book describes a research paradigm shared by Indigenous scholars in Canada and Australia, and demonstrates how this paradigm can be put into practice. Relationships don’t just shape Indigenous reality, they are our reality. Indigenous researchers develop relationships with ideas in order to achieve enlightenment in the ceremony that is Indigenous research. Indigenous research is the ceremony of maintaining accountability to these relationships. For researchers to be accountable to all our relations, we must make careful choices in our selection of topics, methods of data collection, forms of analysis and finally in the way we present information.


Shawn Wilson, author

Shawn Wilson is Opaskwayak Cree from northern Manitoba. In his professional roles as community psychologist, researcher and educated Cree, he has spent much of his life straddling the Indigenous and mainstream worlds. Shawn works part-time for the Northern Rivers University Department of Rural Health in Lismore, NSW Australia, building research capacity with primary health care workers. Travelling and meeting people from other nations and cultures has been a big part of his life, as has his work with traditional Healers, Elders and Knowledge Keepers. In his previous book, Gwitch’in Native Elders: Not Just Knowledge but a Way of Looking at the World, Shawn documents his ideas about just what an Elder is and how they can be supported. In addition to further articulating Indigenous philosophies and research paradigms, his research focuses on the inter-related concepts of identity, health and healing, culture and wellbeing.


  • Wilson’s work has something to offer every reader whose work and research is qualitative and rooted in an indigenous culture. Research is Ceremony might reassuringly state the obvious or it might introduce a new parallel world of thought. - Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education Link to review

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: Fernwood Publishing



rights sold: Canada, USA

rights available: World

Additional Information

age range: University Undergraduate/Graduate Research Methods

number of pages: 144

publication date: 09/01/2008

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book