Indigenous Knowledge is traditional knowledge or knowledge that comes from a community. Indigenous methodologies are increasingly being used in research.
Indigenous Knowledge (IK):
- Is transmitted from generation to generation
- Emerges from complete knowledge systems
- Is expressed in many formats. eg. oral, ceremony, artistic creations, artifacts, etc.
- Is not all in the past; there is continued growth, innovation and change in practices
- Includes history, law, spirituality, agriculture, environment, science, medicine, animal behaviour and migration patterns, art, music, dance, craft, construction, and more.
Indigenous research methods:
- Challenge the notion of neutrality of the researcher
- Aim to animate postcolonial institutions with Indigeneity
- Challenge the assumptions of domination, patriarchy, racism
- Are increasingly accepted in academic institutions