By Todd Sojonky

Who am I as a psychologist? This ebook examines the function of psychologists in move- cultural settings and explores the price of self-knowledge within the perform of psychology. this day many indigenous individuals are nonetheless experiencing a colonial kind of treatment that's rooted in energy imbalances and a controlled future health care approach. via narrative, tale, poetry and psychotherapy this publication exhibits the significance of non-public progress and informs the perform of being a ‘good psychologist’. It asks the reader to think about how cross-cultural studies effect specialist psychology discourse and practices in addition to to discover the relationships among dominant psychology structures and cultural enactments.

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184). Equally important is the continued pursuit of establishing a trustworthy relationship with the researcher’s audience that persuades the audience to pay attention to the findings of the inquiry (Lincoln & Guba, 1985). Another issue that is raised by the use of narrative involves potential lies and sentimentality that may arise from the researcher’s biases. O’Dea (1994) asks the question: How might such a lie occur? One way is the use of language and the implied meanings or constructed phrases.

Indd 38 4/14/10 6:41:09 P CHAPTER 3 MAMAMASKAC KIKWAY (CREE: MYSTERY) Introduction Stories begin in the most unusual places. As I have related to you, my story as a white psychologist in an Indian world began with a tree and a neighbour and became a story that unravelled over a period of time. It is a story that evolved much as a mystery does. Any good mystery requires time, effort to solve a puzzle and the pursuit of an uncertain truth. Among First Nations people a mystery is both accepted and respected.

Although my research is a narrative analysis of my “self ” as a psychologist, the fact that I was working in a First Nations context demanded that I have a strong understanding of white privilege within the research paradigm. I was also given a position of authority and had a great deal of power to decide how program dollars were spent. These are parts of my self that have informed my research and have influenced the stories that I write. Historically, much of the research on Aboriginal populations can be characterized as “outsider” research in which non-Aboriginal researchers engaged in research on Aboriginal communities usually with the result of undermining their empowerment and self-dependence (Ermine, Sinclair, & Jeffrey, 2004).

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