Decolonizing Methodologies: 20 Years of Research for Indigenous Peoples and Social Justice

The following recording is of the American Studies Association Invited Presidential Plenary with Dr. Linda Tuhiwai Smith and a panel discussion honoring the 20 year anniversary of her book, Decolonizing Methodologies.  Join Dr. Smith on the panel are Dr. Chad Allen (University of Washington, Dr. Iokepa Salazar (Ithaca College), and Dr. Lianne Charlie (Yukon College).  I hope you enjoy it and share your thoughts below!

Week 4a: We are who we need.

An outstanding new blog from Sar ginen Guåhan! Mahalo Sar for sharing your passion and emotion to the subject of decolonizing social work practice!

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Meyer quotes many other kumu and
practitioners in her article – were there any quotes that resonated with you
and why?

Two quotes particularly
resonated with me.

The first quote was in theme
one, Spirituality and Knowledge: The Cultural Contexts of Knowledge

“I’m
really deeply connected to my mother and ancestors and all the Hawaiians that
came before us. And in me I have some of that cellular, molecular structure and
memory of long ago. How comforting!”
(Ho‘oipo DeCambra, 8 March 1997)

I
loved this particular quote given the context of the readings and reflections
of indigenous epistemology. It came at the right timing. This quote resonated
with me and it reminded me of something important.

If I
stop judging my “credibility” or “quantifications” as an indigenous person,
this quote is exactly what I would say to myself and something I would truly
embrace. Except it would be in the…

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Radio New Zealand (RNZ) Interview: Integrating Native Hawaiian Healing practices into Primary Care

In June 2019, I had the privilege of attending the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) conference at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, Aotearoa.  I presented on a panel with two outstanding students from the University of Washington, Christine Sun and Jessica Hernandez.  My presentation was on integrating Native Hawaiian health practices into primary care based on my work in Waimanalo.  This was my first trip to Aotearoa and it was absolutely wonderful.  I know I will be back to visit my Maori cousins.

I was also glad to know that the presentation was audiotaped and that it was aired on RNZ, public radio.  If you’d like to hear excerpts from the presentation, click the link below.

RNZ interview with Dr. Mike Spencer 

In developing countries, climate change is destroying our communities first

Air, water, food and resources=heath and well being. Climate is a serious determinant, among other things.

Media Diversified

Growing up without running water in Kabanana Compound, a community on the outskirts of Zambia’s capital, Beatrice Phiri discusses how she got to see first-hand the dramatic effects of climate change.  


Much of my life has revolved around the pursuit of water.  Living in my community was challenging because we all endured the difficult task of fetching water. For most families, this was the responsibility of the girls and women. So from the age of 15, it was my duty to ensure my family had enough water for the day.

I had to wake up as early as 4am and walk 20 minutes for this task. My family and I had to use as little water as possible so that we would save most of it for drinking and cooking. I was usually exhausted by the time I made it to class, which began at 7am.

Fetching water always…

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Final Project

An outstanding blog from Carolyn Scorpio!

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Reflections on Social Work with Immigrant and Refugee Communities

According to most recent estimates by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there are approximately 65.6 million people around the world who have been forcibly displaced as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, or human rights violations—marking a record high in the world’s forcibly displaced population. Of those, 22.5 million are categorized as refugees, 40.3 million are internally displaced, and 2.8 million are seeking asylum. Over half (51 percent) are children. More than half of all refugees under the UNHCR’s mandate are from just three countries: Syria (5.5 million), Afghanistan (2.5 million), and South Sudan (1.4 million), while 5.3 million Palestinian refugees are registered by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 2017).

My interest and experience in working with refugees, asylum-seekers, and other immigrant populations directly led me to the field of…

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