Narrative Research and Storytelling


A diversity of narrative methods support the articulation, preservation, and celebration of Indigenous oral wisdom through engagement with Elders and community members. In its decolonizing and Indigenous forms, it can work against issues around the colonization of research, including the western analytical categorization of knowledge.


Stories of Change at the University of Alberta works with different kinds of stories – fiction, autobiography, song, testimony, oral history, memoir, personal narrative – to understand how people make sense out of change. These methods could be developed according to Indigenous and decolonizing methodologies.


Datta, R. (2018). Traditional storytelling: An effective Indigenous research methodology and its implications for environmental research. AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, 14(1), 35-44.