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ERIC Number: EJ959914
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1326-0111
He apiti hono, he tatai hono: That Which Is Joined Remains an Unbroken Line--Using "Whakapapa" (Genealogy) as the Basis for an Indigenous Research Framework
Graham, James
Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, v34 p86-95 2005
This paper explores the notion of "whakapapa" as providing a legitimate research framework for engaging in research with Maori communities. By exploring the tradition and meaning of "whakapapa", the paper will legitimate how "whakapapa" and an understanding of "whakapapa" can be used by Maori researchers working among Maori communities. Therefore, emphasis is placed on a research methodology framed by "whakapapa" that not only authenticates Maori epistemology in comparison with Western traditions, but that also supports the notion of a "whakapapa" research methodology being transplanted across the Indigenous world; Indigenous peoples researching among their Indigenous communities. Consequently, Indigenous identity is strengthened as is the contribution of the concept of "whakapapa" to Indigenous research paradigms worldwide.
University of Queensland. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit, Brisbane, Queensland, 4072, Australia. Tel: +61-7-3365-1969; Fax: +61-7-3365-6855; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand