My research focus is on Indigenous, arts-based, and ecological practices in education. My scholarship is interdisciplinary and holistic, drawing upon an extensive background of experience as well as study in the arts and art therapy. I also have wide-ranging training and experience in experiential, outdoor, and environmental education. As an Indigenous scholar, my focus is on Indigenous knowledge, literacies, and cultural practices that inform our understandings of our ethical relationality: to the land, through the pedagogy of place; and to cultural understandings, through the pedagogy of imagination. I am also interested in the hermeneutic imagination and how this informs our understandings of education and research.
What I have come to understand in my research as an Indigenous scholar is the role of oral traditions, rituals and storytelling as knowledge translation that have carried Indigenous knowledge practices, histories and ways of knowing through generations. My scholarship explores the respectful reciprocal relationality between: ritual, ceremony, performance, native flute playing in relationship to place, and storying as authentic Indigenous knowledge practices and as research.