The 2017 AIRA meeting will be held October 20 and 21! Pre-conference workshops on the 19th will include one offered by the team of Shawn Wilson and Ku Kahakalau! Mark your calendar now so you don’t miss this fantastic opportunity! Sadly, Linda Tuhiwai Smith, author of the highly influential book Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples, who was to be the keynote speaker for this meeting, has had to cancel due to circumstances beyond her control. She will be our 2018 Keynote speaker, however!!
Though the data collected by Indigenous Research Methodologies can be analyzed quantitatively as well as qualitatively, just like data collected by Western research methods, the acknowledged relationship between researcher and data naturally challenges Western research paradigms. But Indigenous Research Methodologies are powerful and worthwhile despite this challenge, because they provide vital opportunities to contribute to the body of knowledge about the natural world and Indigenous peoples.
The American Indigenous Research Association is an independent organization whose mission is to educate researchers and the public about the importance of Indigenous Research Methods and Methodologies, to promote incorporation of these methodologies into all research that engages Indigenous peoples and communities, and to promote individual and community capacity regarding Indigenous research. Membership in the Association is free and available to professionals, students, and community members alike. Visit this page to join us and become part of the beautiful pattern of different people and cultures woven into a single whole that is AIRA, as represented by the beaded pattern at the top of this page.
Our inaugural conference was held in the fall of 2013 at Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, Montana on the Flathead Indian Reservation. The 2014 Meeting was held Oct 10-11 and the 2015 meeting from October 22-24, also at SKC. Thanks to our funders: Montana INBRE, Alaska EPSCoR, and the SKC Social Work Program.
Citations for the text in the first paragraph of this page: Margaret Kovach, 2010. Indigenous Methodologies: Characteristics, Conversations, and Context; Linda Tuhiawi Smith, 1999. Decolonizing Methodologies; Shawn Wilson, 2008. Research is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods.