Special Issue "Community-engaged Indigenous Research Across the Globe"

A special issue of Genealogy (ISSN 2313-5778).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 December 2019).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Michelle Johnson-Jennings
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Guest Editor
College of Arts and Science, Indigenous Studies; College of Medicine, Community Health and Epidemiology, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan s7n5c8, Canada
Interests: Indigenous communities; decolonizing healing while transforming narratives of trauma; land-based healing; Indigenous psychology; community based participatory research, community-engaged research; health promotion/chronic disease prevention; food and obesity addiction prevention
Dr. Shanondora Billiot
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Guest Editor
School of Social Work; American Indian Studies, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
Interests: Community development and social policies related to: the health and wellbeing of historically underrepresented groups; environmental and social determinants of health, specifically, chronic and historical trauma related to the physical environment; and social justice with indigenous and marginalized populations; community-engaged research, land-based healing, adaptation.

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Genealogy invites submissions for the "Community Engaged Indigenous Research Across the Globe" Special Issue. Despite most Indigenous communities experiencing colonization resulting in land and food trauma, depletion of cultural resources, and health/wellbeing; Indigenous communities have still retained and, or are actively reclaiming their ancestral cultural identities and practices to reestablish balance and health. Community-engaged research, and, or Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR), have risen as frameworks that give communities voice and control. These approaches, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, partner with communities in creating meaningful, ethical research that can ameliorate the detrimental effects of historical trauma. This issue seeks to highlight community engaged/cbpr research with and for Indigenous communities from across the globe (i.e., the Americas, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Northern Europe, Africa, etc.). We  invite scholars from vast arrays of disciplines including, but not limited to, Indigenous studies, biomedical sciences, social sciences and humanities. This issue aims to publish innovative and thought provoking community engaged research, while providing the ability to determine common overlaps and approaches utilized by Indigenous communities and scientists. Overall, our purpose is to reconsider how community engagement, and CBPR can be best operationalized within Indigenous communities to yield meaningful research. We further hope to augment the literature in determining how Indigenous communities can guide and lead in research and implement sustainable changes that combat the effects of colonization and spurs cultural continuity.

Some topics may include the following:

  • How do Indigenous communities and researchers operationalize engagement in culturally appropriate and ethical manners?
  • Methods in which Indigenous communities engage within their environment and on the land to conduct research?
  • Descriptions of innovative approaches to partnerships, research design, or interventions that increase cultural continuity and wellbeing;
  • Use of community engaged/cbpr research to increase cultural continuity and health;
  • Decolonizing approaches to community-engaged or community-based participatory research;
  • Long-term impacts to communities who engage and participate in research.

Please note that papers submitted to this special issue will be waived of the APC(article processing charge) after being accepted.

Dr. Michelle Johnson-Jennings
Dr. Shanondora Billiot
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Genealogy is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • Indigenous
  • community engaged research
  • community based participatory research CBPR
  • land-based healing
  • decolonized research
  • historical trauma
  • grassroots research
  • global Indigenous research

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La Cultura Cura: An Exploration of Enculturation in a Community-Based Culture-Centered HIV Prevention Curriculum for Indigenous Youth
Genealogy 2020, 4(1), 17; https://doi.org/10.3390/genealogy4010017 - 04 Feb 2020
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Community based participatory research and attention to cultural resilience is recommended in HIV prevention research with Indigenous communities. This paper presents qualitative findings from evaluation of a culture-centered HIV prevention curriculum for Indigenous youth that was developed using a community based participatory research [...] Read more.
Community based participatory research and attention to cultural resilience is recommended in HIV prevention research with Indigenous communities. This paper presents qualitative findings from evaluation of a culture-centered HIV prevention curriculum for Indigenous youth that was developed using a community based participatory research approach. Specifically, the authors focus on youth descriptions of cultural resilience and enculturation factors after participating in the curriculum. Thematic analysis of in-depth interviews with 23 youth participants yields three salient themes associated with cultural resilience and enculturation factors including: Development of cultural pride, honoring ancestors through traditional cultural practices, and acknowledging resilience and resistance within Indigenous communities. Additionally, per community directive, the authors share an observation of changes to identity descriptions from pre-curriculum baseline to post-curriculum interviews, pointing to a possible increase in awareness of Indigenous cultural identity. Full article
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Old Wisdom: Indigenous Democracy Principles as Strategies for Social Change within Organizations and Tribal Communities
Genealogy 2020, 4(1), 10; https://doi.org/10.3390/genealogy4010010 - 19 Jan 2020
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Community engagement founded on Indigenous decision-making practices is essential in addressing issues during turbulent times and ever-changing political landscapes. Indigenous leaders on this continent were instrumental in practicing democracy to address issues impacting local communities with the people, not in isolation. This paper [...] Read more.
Community engagement founded on Indigenous decision-making practices is essential in addressing issues during turbulent times and ever-changing political landscapes. Indigenous leaders on this continent were instrumental in practicing democracy to address issues impacting local communities with the people, not in isolation. This paper highlights the Search Conference model as a community based participatory change model with Indigenous principles embedded in the process. Specific cases are presented to demonstrate lessons learned. Full article
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Reconnecting Rural Native Hawaiian Families to Food through Aquaponics
Genealogy 2020, 4(1), 9; https://doi.org/10.3390/genealogy4010009 - 15 Jan 2020
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Food insecurity is a pressing issue in Hawai‘i as the vast majority of available and accessible foods are imported. To address this issue, a backyard aquaponics program was implemented from 2010 to 2016 to offer additional avenues to food sovereignty in a rural [...] Read more.
Food insecurity is a pressing issue in Hawai‘i as the vast majority of available and accessible foods are imported. To address this issue, a backyard aquaponics program was implemented from 2010 to 2016 to offer additional avenues to food sovereignty in a rural predominantly Native Hawaiian community. Aquaponics provides a contained and sustainable food production system that models Native Hawaiian principles of land and water stewardship. The purpose of this community-engaged study was to identify the outcomes and resources needed to continue sustaining the backyard aquaponics systems. The researchers began building a relationship with the community by helping to build several aquaponics systems. The researchers and community partner co-developed the interview questions and participants were interviewed in-person. The outcomes of the study revealed multiple benefits of having a backyard aquaponics system, including increased access to vegetables and fruit, improved diet, low maintenance cost, and enhanced family and community connectedness. Participants reported a renewed connection to Native Hawaiian values, especially land stewardship. Challenges included leaks and breakages with the system, overproduction of fish, complications in water temperature, and vulnerability to unpredictable weather. These findings suggest that backyard aquaponics systems have the potential to provide multiple benefits including alleviating barriers related to food security. Full article
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(Re)constructing Conceptualizations of Health and Resilience among Native Hawaiians
Genealogy 2020, 4(1), 8; https://doi.org/10.3390/genealogy4010008 - 05 Jan 2020
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Biomedical definitions of health have conventionally taken problem-based approaches to health, which may disregard indigenous perspectives of health that take a holistic approach and emphasize the importance of maintaining balance between physical, mental, and spiritual health and relationships maintained with others, the land, [...] Read more.
Biomedical definitions of health have conventionally taken problem-based approaches to health, which may disregard indigenous perspectives of health that take a holistic approach and emphasize the importance of maintaining balance between physical, mental, and spiritual health and relationships maintained with others, the land, and the spiritual realm. Resilience-based approaches to health have been shown to foster strengths in indigenous communities, including the Native Hawaiian community, which leads to more positive health outcomes. The research questions of this paper asked, “how do Native Hawaiians conceptualize health and the concept of resilience specific to health?”. Qualitative methods were employed to explore the concept of resilience from the perspective of 12 Native Hawaiian adults. Community leaders and key stakeholders aided in the purposive recruitment process. The themes of this study include: (1) health maintained through balance, (2) being unhealthy vs. being ill, (3) the concept of colonialism and resulting adversities, and (4) protective and resilience factors that foster health. Cultural values and cultural practices may address concerns related to health disparities that stem from cultural and historical trauma, determinants of health, and environmental changes. Health interventions that are culturally-, family-, spiritually-, and land-based may particularly aid in responsiveness to health programs. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Community-engaged Indigenous Research Across the Globe)
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Thought Space Wānanga—A Kaupapa Māori Decolonizing Approach to Research Translation
Genealogy 2019, 3(4), 74; https://doi.org/10.3390/genealogy3040074 - 16 Dec 2019
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This paper discusses an indigenous Māori approach, named Thought Space Wānanga, for sharing knowledge and accelerating the translation of research into practical outcomes through transformational practices, policies, and theory development. In contexts such as New Zealand, there is an increasing demand on all [...] Read more.
This paper discusses an indigenous Māori approach, named Thought Space Wānanga, for sharing knowledge and accelerating the translation of research into practical outcomes through transformational practices, policies, and theory development. In contexts such as New Zealand, there is an increasing demand on all publicly funded researchers to demonstrate the impact of their research and to show pathways for achieving social and economic outcomes from single, focused projects. Knowledge translation is the most common term used to describe the link between research and impact and the process of turning research into results. While it is highly debatable whether planning for this at the front end of research will necessarily lead to such high-level outcomes being achieved, many indigenous researchers aim for their research to be translated into real world positive outcomes for indigenous communities. Thought Space Wānanga is a facilitated process framed within Māori cultural protocols, designed to help indigenous Māori researchers meet that aspiration. Full article
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