Participatory Research Ethics - Aruskipt’asipxaňanakasakipunirakispawa


  • Amy Eisenberg The Hopi Tribe - Cultural Preservation office


participatory, ethnographic, research, indigenous, First Nations, sustainable, harmony, earth


Collaborative ethnographic research with First Nations Peoples contributes to our understanding of humanity, its dynamic processes, and possibilities toward sustainable ways of living in harmony with Mother Earth. Cultural diversity is one of the greatest gifts bestowed on humanity (Spradley 1979:v).


When conducting participative research with indigenous peoples, it is essential for the fieldworker to adopt a holistic perspective with the awareness that ethnographic interviewing is a cross-cultural opportunity of intimate communication, exchange and fellowship. The researcher must be conscious of her/his personal biases and assumptions that directly reflect their ethics and values, as well as the research process and outcomes.


Author Biography

Amy Eisenberg, The Hopi Tribe - Cultural Preservation office

 Principal investigator on UNESCO-LINKS and UNDESA participatory project research with the Kam Ethnic Minority of China through the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

World Care Project Manager for Tibetan Projects

International Expert, Research Institute of Anthropology and Ethnology, Jishou University, China




How to Cite

Eisenberg, A. (2018). Participatory Research Ethics - Aruskipt’asipxaňanakasakipunirakispawa. Ethnobotany Research and Applications, 17, 1–11. Retrieved from




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