"How We Know": Kwara'ae Rural Villagers Doing Indigenous Epistemology

Gegeo, David Welchman
Watson-Gegeo, Karen Ann
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University of Hawai'i Press
Center for Pacific Islands Studies
We examine Kwara‘ae (Solomon Islands) indigenous epistemology and indigenous critical praxis, including sources of knowledge and strategies for validating and critiquing evidence and knowledge construction. To illustrate indigenous epistemology in action, we focus on the Kwara‘ae Genealogy Project, a research effort by rural villagers aimed at creating an indigenous written account of Kwara‘ ae culture. In recording, (re)constructing, and writing Kwara‘ae culture, project members are not only doing indigenous epistemology, but also reflecting on and critiquing their own indigenous strategies for knowledge creation. We hope that the work illustrated here will inspire other Native Pacific Islander scholars to carry out research on their native or indigenous epistemologies.
indigenous epistemology, indigenous critical praxis, Kwara‘ae, Solomon Islands, villagers conducting research
Gegeo, D. W., and K. A. Watson-Gegeo. 2001. "How We Know": Kwara'ae Rural Villagers Doing Indigenous Epistemology. The Contemporary Pacific 13 (1): 55-88.
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