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Encountering Indigenous Knowledge. The journey of an Italian anthropologist researching Mäori and rugby

Calabrò, Domenica G. (2012) Encountering Indigenous Knowledge. The journey of an Italian anthropologist researching Mäori and rugby. [Conference Proceedings]

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Abstract

How can researchers coming from non-Indigenous realities and disciplines engage with Indigenous research and researchers? How can these encounters benefit Indigenous communities and knowl- edges (and those of the non-Indigenous researchers)? These are the questions elicited by my experience as an Italian doctoral student in anthropology engaging with cultural and academic communities that were not my own and happened to be Indigenous – specifically, Mäori. I set out to investigate the relationship between Mäori and rugby and located myself within Mäori studies, trying to understand and integrate Kaupapa Mäori research. Both the intricacy of the context and the multifacetedness of my own self-identifications and scientific background created a complex scenario. The historical connivance of anthropology with colonialism and the apparent non-urgency of the rugby topic further raised questions. This paper will elaborate on this journey, observing the potentialities of Indigenous approaches from an “external” perspective while purporting the possibility of a cross-cultural and cross- disciplinary approach to Indigenous research.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: School of Law and Social Sciences (SoLaSS)
Depositing User: Domenica Calabro
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2023 00:11
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2023 00:11
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/14108
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