Kia ū, kia mau ki tō Māoritanga: A Whakapapa (genealogical) Approach to Research

By James Graham.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This paper explores how whakapapa (genealogy) and an understanding of traditional and contemporary meanings of whakapapa can be used by Māori researchers working among Māori communities today. In doing so, this paper emphasises that a research methodology framed by whakapapa not only authenticates Māori epistemology against Western traditions, it also supports the notion of a whakapapa 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: Maori Knowledge, Indigenous Knowledge, Whakapapa, Research Methodology, Indigeneity

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 1, Issue 6, pp.57-68. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.841MB).

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.


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