Article Summary "The art of dialogue with indigenous communities in the new biotechnology world" By Hudson, Roberts, Smith, Tiakiwai, & Hemi

Knowledge is understood from the indigenous perspective by conducting dialogue with the indigenous people, respecting each other's opinions, and being open to various forms of positive change. Furthermore, the author also adds on page 20, "Dialogue, with the aim of promoting knowledge exchange, should not be an attempt to persuade the other into thinking like oneself".

Learning and teaching are understood by listening to the opinions of indigenous communities. In this study, the authors listened to the views of the natives regarding new biotechnology. Listening is critical in understanding indigenous cultures. The author explains this on page 21, namely, "Listening to what the other says and hearing what the other means are both necessary competencies for engaging in productive cross-cultural conversations".

Maori people

The purpose of this research is to explore, through the challenge of considering new biotechnologies, the similarities and differences that emerge from approaching these issues from different knowledge paradigms. As a result, the method used is a qualitative study framed within the Kaupapa Ma¯ori methodology, promoting culturally appropriate and participatory processes and recognizing indigenous knowledge as a valid and legitimate form of knowledge.

In this way, data collection can be conducted through dialogue events and interviews with indigenous communities.


Hudson, M., Roberts, M., Smith, L., Tiakiwai, S. J., & Hemi, M. (2012). The art of dialogue with indigenous communities in the new biotechnology world. New Genetics and Society, 31(1), 11–24.


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