Indigenous individuals and communities have historically and continuously had negative experiences with Western health care and biomedical research. To rebuild trust and mitigate power structures between researchers and Indigenous Peoples, researchers can adopt Indigenous epistemologies in methodologies, such as non-hierarchical approaches to relationship. This paper shares models developed to bridge Indigenous epistemologies with Western qualitative and quantitative research methods and demonstrates how these epistemologies can be used to guide the development of pilot study.
Juutilainen, Sandra A.; Jeffrey, Melanie; and Stewart, Suzanne, "Methodology Matters: Designing a Pilot Study Guided by Indigenous Epistemologies" (2020). Human Biology Open Access Pre-Prints. 162.