We, along with staff from nine Michigan tribes, examined Head Start’s role in American Indian lives using photovoice methodology, which puts cameras in the hands of community members to document their realities. The use of photovoice as a participatory methodology was purposeful given that it engages participants in the research process, thereby fostering research with rather than on Native peoples. Our collaboration resulted in an Indigenization of the inquiry mode yielding a more culturally relevant and respectful methodology. These adaptations included identifying and presenting Indigenous ways of knowing, both visually and verbally, as well as providing an opportunity for storytelling. The partners shared their story with impact beyond their communities as they relayed findings in multiple venues. The project has not only resulted in improved community facilities and growth and development among our community research partners but an alteration of the method to further empower Native people.
- community-based participatory research
- culturally responsive methodology
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