Decolonising research methodologies in East Arnhem Land

Decolonising research methodologies in East Arnhem Land Journal Article

Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts [Special Issue: Decolonising Research Practices]

  • Author(s): Tane, Moana Pera, Harwood, Matire
  • Published: 2017
  • Volume: 22

Abstract: ‘Talking About Smoking in East Arnhem Land: Denormalisation, Stigmatisation and Leadership’ was a research project that began in 2014 in East Arnhem Land, amongst the Yolŋu peoples. The study revealed a wealth of deeper meanings and beliefs about ŋarali’ or tobacco within the context of Yolŋu tradition, history and culture. In this reflective piece, the primary author describes a personal journey of learning through observations and discussions with Yolŋu informants who shared their values, expectations and obligations associated with ŋarali’, which over time, have become interwoven with Yolŋu ceremony.

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Tane, Moana Pera, Harwood, Matire, 2017, Decolonising research methodologies in East Arnhem Land, Volume:22, Journal Article, viewed 09 August 2022,

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