Re-imaging Aboriginal leadership in higher education – A new Indigenous research paradigm

Linda Payi Ford, Kathy Gotha Guthadjaka, James Walung Daymangu, Bettina Danganbar, Colin Baker, Chloe Ford, Emily Ford, Nicole Thompson, Mark Ford, Ruth Wallace, Marianne St Clair, David Murtagh

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This article focuses on leadership by women in Indigenous research in the higher education sector of Australia. The research that provided the context for this exploration of Indigenous women’s leadership involved archiving ceremonial cultural knowledge from the Daly and Wagait regions of the Northern Territory. The article introduces the concept of Aboriginal corporeality and the struggle within colonial Australia and through to the present to prevent its erasure from Australia’s history. This struggle is referenced in the paradigm shifts underway in Indigenist research. The article acknowledges the past commitments of powerful Aboriginal women to the advancement of their clans’ people under the new circumstances that they had to confront from the 1880s. It is argued that the cultural agenda of these women prepared the ground for the advances in Indigenist research reported in this paper. The paper concludes with an example of the close, culturally significant partnership that was forged by the research project across two Aboriginal communities of the Northern Territory.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)276-288
Number of pages13
JournalAustralian Journal of Education
Issue number3
Early online date9 Nov 2018
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018

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