In this talk, Dr. Barlo will discuss the Yarning Method of communication that is framed by a body of principles, protocols and practices used by Indigenous elders to establish Indigenous knowledge about the world as valid and trustworthy and having traditional Indigenous knowledge made known to the wider communities. This method can systemically advance the teaching, research, and practices of Indigenous Knowledge.
A method has been developed that takes yarning from a basic communication tool to a method of collecting and safeguarding Indigenous knowledge, by using its principles and protocols to design a culturally safe place. Yarning has cultural safety at its core as it encapsulates an Indigenous method of imparting and receiving Indigenous knowledge that has been practised for millennia. By using yarning’s mandatory principles and protocols surrounding yarning are deemed a high priority in importance.
An important aspect of the yarning method is the ownership of the knowledge and the results from the research a back to the Indigenous participant and, if applicable, the community. In the research space information maybe gifted to the researcher, but the custodianship of the knowledge always remains with the participant who yarned. So often this is not the usual procedure – often research is completed, and the information/knowledge gained from the research is kept by the research authority and used for its own purposes.