The activities listed here deal specifically with studying an Indigenous methodological lens to apply to the primary sources from the Module A Activities page. The work being done in this module is built off the work done in the previous activities. It will first instruct you on how to implement an Indigenous methodological approach to the historical thinking process by completing another worksheet and then will ask you to do a final reflection.
Implementing an Indigenous Methodology Activity
By now, you should have covered the information in the Overview of Indigenous Methodologies. Based roughly on the questions posed by Wilson, this next activity directly engages you in shaping your methodology of research around an Indigenous perspective of these stories. In order to do this, you will need to be introspective. Think about how you first analyzed the sources. Did you account for your relationship to the sources? Did you calculate what your interpretations could mean for the Indigenous communities that produced the stories? Did you try to find errors in the stories and decide which one was more “true” and which one was more “false?”
Consider the concepts of relationality and relational accountability and how they apply to your work. The worksheet for this activity will ask you several questions that you might not have considered before about your relationship to the source, questions that an Indigenous scholar would likely consider in addition to the historical thinking process in order to write their conclusion. Use these questions below to reflect upon your positionality in relation to the Indigenous primacy sources and then compare and contrast the sources again and write a reflection on your process:
- What is my relationship to these sources and the people they come from?
- What is my role as researcher in this relationship, and what are my responsibilities?
- How does my choice of methods affect my interpretation of the sources?
- Am I approaching these sources in an ethical way?
- What am I contributing or giving back to the relationships involved in this research?
- Am I being held accountable for the conclusions I make based off my interpretation of these sources?
Instructions: After reviewing these questions, either download and fill out electronically or print and fill out the Part C Worksheet here:
Final Reflection Activity
After completing the activities in Module A and Module B, compare your worksheets and write a 2-4 page reflection on this lesson plan as a whole. Describe your thoughts on the sequence of the activities, if you feel like these activities helped you in your academic training for conducting research, and if you are likely to continue learning about and implementing Indigenous research methodologies. Additionally, consider the following questions for reflection:
- How did the information on historical thinking inform your analysis of the sources?
- How did the information on Indigenous methodologies inform your approach to analyzing the sources?
- Did the Indigenous methodology questions move you to think about these sources in new ways?
- How do methods and methodology relate to research ethics?