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Towards best-practice inclusion of cultural indicators in decision making by Indigenous peoples

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posted on 2023-05-03, 21:42 authored by Te Kipa Morgan, John Reid, Oliver McMillan, Tanira Kingi, Te Taru White, Bill Young, Val SnowVal Snow, Seth LaurensonSeth Laurenson
Acknowledgement that Indigenous Knowledge cannot be assimilated and readily generalised within reductionist scientific paradigms is emerging. The reluctance of Indigenous Peoples to adopt reductionist science-based interpretations is justified. Science that stops at the point where reality is universal excludes consideration of how outcomes are understood and experienced by more holistic epistemologies including those of Indigenous Peoples. Culturally derived ways of knowing are beyond the realm of reductionist science and require approaches to decision-making frameworks that are capable of including culturally specific knowledge. Cultural indicators are a geographically specific means of enabling measurement of a particular culture’s attributes; however, to be appropriately recognised, the method of inclusion is at least as important. Therefore, cultural indicators, their definition and their measurement are the sole prerogative of Indigenous Peoples, and how Indigenous epistemologies are effectively empowered in frameworks is critical, as decisions are no longer being made in purely Indigenous contexts.

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SAGE Publications

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AlterNative

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1177-1801

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Morgan, T. K., Reid, J., McMillan, O. W. T., Kingi, T., White, T. T., Young, B., … Laurenson, S. (2021). Towards best-practice inclusion of cultural indicators in decision making by Indigenous peoples. AlterNative, 17(2), 202-214. doi:10.1177/11771801211015686

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