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Two knowledge's working together

Guenther, John Ch., Davis, Vanessa, Foster, Denise and Arnott, Allan R. (2010). Two knowledge's working together. In: 2010 AUCEA National Conference Communities Participation and Partnership, Tasmania, 5-7 July 2010.

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IRMA ID 81704288xPUB470
Author Guenther, John Ch.
Davis, Vanessa
Foster, Denise
Arnott, Allan R.
Title Two knowledge's working together
Conference Name 2010 AUCEA National Conference Communities Participation and Partnership
Conference Location Tasmania
Conference Dates 5-7 July 2010
Conference Publication Title 2010 AUCEA National Conference Proceedings
Place of Publication Lismore, NSW
Publisher Australian University: Community Engagement Alliance
Publication Year 2010
ISSN 978-0-9803610-7-0   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 19
End Page 29
Total Pages 10
HERDC Category E1 - Conference Publication (DIISR)
Abstract Tangentyere Aboriginal researchers and Charles Darwin University (CDU) evaluators, have been working together to evaluate Akeyulerre, an Aboriginal heal ing centre in Alice Springs.

The healing centre offers traditional healing and cultural support for local Arrernte families in and around Alice Springs. The healing centre was established in the late 1990s. It was set up as a place for Arrernte families in Alice Springs and surrounding communities to come for a range of support services.

The CDU research team is well experienced in conducting evaluations across the Northern Territory. The Tangentyere researchers were asked to work alongside the CDU team who have the knowledge in western academic ways. The Tangentyere researchers have their own style of conducting research among their people. They recognise the need to be patient, building the trust and the respect for each other before any work can be done. The Aboriginal researchers play a vital role when conducting research with in an Aboriginal environment.

Members of both teams recognised that to carry out the evaluation they must work closely with Arrernte language speakers who will be able to get the right and true information. The researchers found that by working together and understanding each other the respect was shown to each other and the outcome out of the respect for the two working parties was an evaluation report that effectively blends toge ther the western knowledges of the University researchers and the cultural knowledges of the Aboriginal researchers.

Many individuals and/or institutions contact Tangentyere in order to carry out research on Aboriginal people on the Town Camps. Naturally, the Council has developed a set of research principles to ensure that research is of benefit to the residents involved and is conducted in a culturally protected manner.

The presentation is based on research that Tangentyere and CDU have been involved in and the principles behind the Tangentyere Council Research Program. These principles are included as “two knowledges, working together”. Presenters from the CDU and Tangentyere research and evaluation teams will offer insights they have learned from working together. Their learnings are discussed in terms of a) the time required for partnerships to develop; b) community ownership of research; c) what partnership means; d) the dilemma of living with uncertainty; e) trust and respect; and f) the importance of sharing tasks equitably.
Keyword Evaluation
Aboriginal research
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