Collaborating across time zones, the research team plans to produce six publications (the first to be released in October 2021, Holding Ground: Nuit Blanche and Other ruptures); exhibitions; nine site-specific incubators; four summer institutes; land-based and creative workshops; symposia; residencies; and a series of virtual programming; all of which is designed to reach beyond academic circles to engage the community and create new outreach opportunities.
The Space Between Us is led by a team steeped in widely accepted Indigenous methodologies, including key principles of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ), and Kaupapa Māori framework.
This research is grounded in Indigenous methodologies that include consultation with community experts, collaboration, learning-by-doing, creative intervention, an intergenerational focus, and listening to stories. Indigenous scholar Margaret Kovach (2009) explains the importance of understanding how Indigenous epistemologies and methodologies are fluid, non-linear, intuitive, and relational. She adds that it is important to allow for experience and action to be a part of discourse and practice. This research partnership will apply Indigenous methods following Kovach’s lead as well as the work of Leanne Simpson (2000) and others. It will work from Indigenous theory, knowledge, praxis, and methodologies that rely on orality, performativity, and embodied knowledge. The governance structure of The Space Between Us is built on an Indigenous Leadership Team and situated in widely accepted Indigenous methodologies, key principles of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ), and Kaupapa Māori framework.
Building on existing research (Nagam 2011, 2014), as well as the work of Indigenous scholar Peter Cole (2006), it will adopt the metaphor of the canoe as a guiding methodology. The canoe metaphorically and literally transports the audience/participants through place, time, and space to rupture static and lifeless colonial renderings of Indigenous knowledge. The canoe as methodology transmits Indigenous knowledge as both object and embodied practice, merging the archive and the repertoire (Taylor 2003). It builds on existing concepts of Native Space, understood as a network of relationships akin to those traditionally navigated over waterways and across land, which are part of Indigenous connections to and stories of place (Nagam 2011). This work will also be explored through concepts of the waka (Māori canoe/boat) and through scholar Hirini Moko Mead’s knowledge of the Māori meeting house as the foundation of Māori world views.