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Abstract

As an Asian graduate student and a Native professor at a U.S. Midwestern Predominantly White Institution, we reflected upon Masta’s (2018) article, What the Grandfathers Taught Me: Lessons for an Indian Country Researcher, to examine the decolonizing aspects of autoethnography. Masta’s use of autoethnography to explore her experiences provides a deeply personal view into the phenomenon of living and researching Indigenous in an America that is inherently White in character, tradition, structure, and culture. The use of participatory and constructivist Indigenous autoethnography places the lived experience of an Indigenous woman at the center of the study, using the Indigenous lens to respect the cultural values, beliefs, and teachings of a community that remains largely overlooked in Eurocentric research. Such an appreciation and understanding led us to argue that autoethnography is a promising decolonizing methodology which has the potential to inform decolonization and social justice movements.

Keywords

Autoethnography, Decolonization, Indigenous

Author Bio(s)

Dung Pham is a doctoral student in the Evaluation, Measurement, and Research program at Western Michigan University. Prior to coming to the U.S. to pursue a Ph.D., she was a faculty member at a university in Vietnam. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: dungthuy.pham@wmich.edu.

June Gothberg, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Evaluation, Measurement, and Research program at Western Michigan University. She oversees the graduate certificate programs for qualitative research and mixed methods research. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: june.gothberg@wmich.edu.

Publication Date

11-20-2020

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 4.0 License.

ORCID ID

0000-0002-9508-0730

ResearcherID

E-1941-2019

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