Indigenous Research Methodologies in Sámi and Global Contexts


This book addresses the conceptualization and practice of Indigenous research methodologies especially in Sámi and North European academic contexts. It examines the meaning of Sámi research and research methodologies, practical levels of doing Indigenous research today in different contexts, as well as global debates in Indigenous research. The contributors present place-specific and relational Sámi research approaches as well as reciprocal methodological choices in Indigenous research in North-South relationships. This edited volume is a result of a research collaboration in four countries where Sámi people live. By taking the readers to diverse local discussions, the collection emphasizes communal responsibility and care as a key in doing Indigenous research.

Contributors are: Rauni Äärelä-Vihriälä, Hanna Guttorm, Lea Kantonen, Pigga Keskitalo, Ilona Kivinen, Britt Kramvig, Petter Morottaja, Eljas Niskanen, Torjer Olsen, Marja-Liisa Olthuis, Hanna Outakoski, Attila Paksi, Jelena Porsanger, Aili Pyhälä, Rauna Rahko-Ravantti, Torkel Rasmussen, Erika Katjaana Sarivaara, Irja Seurujärvi-Kari, Trond Trosterud and Pirjo Kristiina Virtanen.
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Pirjo Kristiina Virtanen, Ph.D. (2007), is Associate Professor of Indigenous Studies at the University of Helsinki. She received her PhD and Habilitation in Latin American Studies. She is the author of numerous books, articles, as well as edited volumes.
Pigga Keskitalo, Ph.D. (2010), is University Researcher at the Faculty of Education at the University of Lapland and Adjunct Professor in Education at the University of Helsinki. She has published monographs, edited volumes, and many articles on Sámi education.
Torjer Olsen, Ph.D. (2008), is Professor of Indigenous Studies and Academic Director of the Center for Sámi Studies at UiT The Arctic University of Norway.
Series Editor:
Halla B. Holmarsdottir, Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet), Norway

International Advisory Board:
Karen Biraimah, University of Central Florida, USA
Heidi Biseth, University of South-Eastern Norway, Norway

Joan DeJaeghere, University of Minnesota, USA
Zubeida Desai, University of the Western Cape, South Africa
Alawia Farag, Ahfad University for Women, Sudan
Fatma Gok, Bogazici University, Turkey
Lihong Huang, Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet), Norway
Suzanne Majhanovich, University of Western Ontario, Canada
Diane Napier, University of Georgia, USA
Vuyokazi Nomlomo, University of the Western Cape, South Africa
Gerald Ouma, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Adila Pašalić-Kreso, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Yusuf Sayed, University of Sussex, UK
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Pigga Keskitalo, Pirjo Kristiina Virtanen and Torjer Olsen

1 Contemporary Indigenous Research within Sámi and Global Indigenous Studies Contexts
Pirjo Kristiina Virtanen, Torjer Olsen and Pigga Keskitalo
2 Sámi dutkama máttut: The Forerunners of Sámi Methodological Thinking
Jelena Porsanger and Irja Seurujärvi-Kari
3 Káfestallamin Cáfe Talks of the Indigenous Research Paradigm in Sámi Research
Pigga Keskitalo, Torkel Rasmussen, Rauna Rahko-Ravantti and Rauni Äärelä-Vihriälä
4 Developing Literacy Research in Sápmi
Hanna Outakoski
5 Decolonized Research-Storying: Bringing Indigenous Ontologies and Care into the Practices of Research Writing
Hanna Guttorm, Lea Kantonen, Britt Kramvig and Aili Pyhälä
6 ‘Shared Remembering’ as a Relational Indigenous Method in Conceptualization of Sámi Women’s Leadership
Jelena Porsanger, Irja Seurujärvi-Kari and Ragnhild Lydia Nystad
7 Methodological Implications of the Project Čyeti čälled anarâškielân, ‘One Hundred Writers for Aanaar Saami’: Strengthening the Literacy of an Indigenous Language Community
Marja-Liisa Olthuis, Trond Trosterud, Erika Katjaana Sarivaara, Petter Morottaja and Eljas Niskanen
8 Reflections on Power Relations and Reciprocity in the Field While Conducting Research with Indigenous Peoples
Attila Paksi and Ilona Kivinen
9 Kimapury Reflections: Values and Research Agendas in Amazonian Indigenous Research Relations
Pirjo Kristiina Virtanen

Torjer Olsen, Pigga Keskitalo and Pirjo Kristiina Virtanen
All those interested in research methodologies, Indigenous studies and Sámi research in particular, as well as all those interested in research concerned with Indigenous societies and how to implement decolonial approaches into research.
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