Tōku tūrangawaewae: Culture, identity, and belonging for Māori homeless people
Groot, S., Hodgetts, D., Nikora, L. W., & Rua, M. (2010). Tōku tūrangawaewae: Culture, identity, and belonging for Māori homeless people. In J. S. Te Rito & S. M. Healy (Eds.), Proceedings of the 4th International Traditional Knowledge Conference 2010 (pp. 125-133). Auckland: Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga: New Zealand's Maori Centre of Research Excellence.
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To be Māori is to have a tūrangawaewae (a place of strength and belonging, a place to stand). If so, is it conceivable that Māori are homeless in our own homeland? This presentation focuses on the experiences of two Māori homeless people who took part in a 3-year research project conducted in partnership with not-for-profit service agencies. Previous research into street homelessness has all but ignored indigenous histories, circumstances and worldviews. The situation in which indigenous people find themselves requires us to rethink how we understand homelessness and the development of culturally based roles and identities on the street and beyond.
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