What Does a Shared Space Look Like? a Dialogue of a Research Partnership

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The invitation to write this chapter offers both Wiremu T. Puke (tangata whenua – person with Māori descent) and Sebastian J. Lowe (Pākehā – New Zealander with European ancestry) the opportunity to reflect on their friendship and research partnership, which they refer to as a takarangi, or an interlocking spiral, as seen in traditional Māori carving practice. This motif denotes the origin of all things: thoughts, ideas, concepts and genealogies, which are interconnected through a rich tapestry of history and tradition through a process of ongoing evolution, Te Ao Hurihuri (the ever-changing world) and Te Ao Mārama (the world of light). They recognise the spaces that separate the two coils of the outward-radiating and interlocking spiral as their shared space. This space symbolises the unknowns as they move from them to tangible forms, through the written word, oral traditions, such as whakatauākī (sayings/proverbs), or through the many Māori visual arts such as whakairo (carving), or in film. Written as a dialogue between Puke, a tohunga whakairo (master-carver) with strong genealogical connections and tribal affiliations, and Lowe (anthropologist and musician) in recognition of their research partnership, this chapter discusses how their own cultural upbringings, personal and shared experiences, have contributed tothe forming of their ever-expanding shared space. The ideas and themes they discuss have led to the formation of this chapter.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIndigenous Research Ethics : Claiming Research Sovereignty Beyond Deficit and the Colonial Legacy Advances in Research Ethics and Integrity
Place of publicationBingley
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing
Publication year2020
Pages247–260
Chapter17
ISBN (print)978-1-78769-390-6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78769-389-0
Publication statusPublished - 2020
SeriesAdvances in Research Ethics and Integrity
Volume6
ISSN2398-6018

    Research areas

  • Aotearoa New Zealand, shared space, Takarangi, empirical research, Indigenous research ethics, research collaboration

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