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

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Title:"How We Know": Kwara'ae Rural Villagers Doing Indigenous Epistemology
Authors:Gegeo, David Welchman
Watson-Gegeo, Karen Ann
Keywords:indigenous epistemology
indigenous critical praxis
Solomon Islands
villagers conducting research
LC Subject Headings:Oceania -- Periodicals.
Date Issued:2001
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Center for Pacific Islands Studies
Citation: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.
Abstract: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.
Appears in Collections: TCP [The Contemporary Pacific], 2001 - Volume 13, Number 1

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