Indigenous Studies is a knowledge/power domain where the connections between Indigenous knowledges, relatedness, and embodiment distinguish and mark the epistemological foundation of scholarship. Indigenous-embodied knowledges means non-Indigenous scholars can engage with Indigenous analytics but not produce them. The common denominator is Indigenous peoples’ own aspirations, values and perspectives and the development of supporting research theories and methodologies. Indigenous based, ethically sustainable research relationships are essential and self evident.
North America, Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand are prominent locations of Indigenous Studies scholarship. The field of Indigenous Studies with Sámi focus is already established in Norway and Finland, while it is currently emerging in Sweden.