Photoyarn: developing a new arts-based method

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I came to this research first and foremost as an Aboriginal woman, and, secondly, as an arts educator who continues to work with Indigenous students. This research is deeply connected to who I am and the lens through which I view the world. This research was intercultural, interdisciplinary, arts-based Indigenous research. When approaching my research in schools with students, I looked for an arts method that was truly student-centered, and participant-led. When I could not find one suitable, we developed Photoyarn, a new Indigenous method that allowed students to control and direct the research process from data collection through to dissemination. This method blends yarning, an Indigenous method, with photography and some aspects of photovoice within this research. There were three colleges involved in the research; two colleges (A and B) were urban boarding schools, with Aboriginal boarders from numerous nations across Australia. The third college (C) was a Māori girls’ boarding school. This chapter outlines the development of Photoyarn at these three boarding schools.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBuilding interdisciplinary and intercultural bridges
Subtitle of host publicationwhere practice meets research and theory
EditorsPamela Burnard, Valerie Ross, Helen Julia Minors, Kimberly Powell, Tatjana Dragovic, Elizabeth Mackinlay
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherBIBACC Publishing
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780995772700
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventBuilding International Bridges Across Cultures and Creativities International Conference (2nd : 2016) - University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 30 Jul 20161 Aug 2016


ConferenceBuilding International Bridges Across Cultures and Creativities International Conference (2nd : 2016)
Abbreviated titleBIBACC 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • arts-based research
  • Indigenous research methodologies
  • Indigenous arts research
  • educational research
  • Photoyarn


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