Navigating the Pathways of Emerging Indigenous Researchers

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Kuleana: The Responsibility of Indigenous Academics; Pohai Kukea-Shultz, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Climbing the Academic Ladder While Staying Grounded; Rawiri Tinirau, Massey University, Aotearoa/New Zealand
Maintaining Relevance in our Communities; Mischa Kauaanuhea Lenchanko, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Making Spaces for Those Who Follow; Eomailani Bettencourt, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Recognizing the Importance of Higher Learning and Research; Tyron Love, Massey University, Aotearoa/New Zealand

The purpose of this paper is to reflect on the journeys of five young, burgeoning indigenous researchers; a territory largely uncharted and undocumented. There is a dearth of young academics in the indigenous context, though the importance of our presence centers around making spaces for those who will come after us. This presentation will be both a conversation and a narrative exploring the common experiences of five interdisciplinary scholars located within two universities in Hawaiʻi and Aotearoa/New Zealand. Those experiences include: how to interact and maintain relevance within our communities; a determination to make a difference regardless of context; working towards making spaces for those who will come after us; recognizing the importance of higher learning and research; climbing the academic ladder while staying grounded; forging internal and external relationships; and navigating the politics of being indigenous within a Western institution.
Ultimately, the question becomes, how can we support future researchers who come in our wake? This research aims to advise future young, indigenous researchers based on the experiences shared by the panel. In addition, this conversation is hugely beneficial for existing senior academics, both indigenous and non-indigenous, in how to be allies and mentors of emerging indigenous researchers engaged in this process.


Keywords: Indigenous, Research
Stream: Education and Social Welfare
Presentation Type: Colloquium in English
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Pohai Kukea-Shultz

Junior Specialist, College of Education, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA


Rawiri Tinirau

Massey University
Palmerston North, New Zealand


Mischa Lenchanko

Junior Specialist, College of Education, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA


Eomailani Bettencourt

Assistant Specialist, College of Education, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA


Tyron Love

Massey University
Wellington, New Zealand


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