Using Art-Based Ways of Knowing to Explore Leadership and Identity With Native American Deaf Women

Damara Goff Paris


During a phenomenological narrative study regarding the perspectives of leadership among women who are both Native and Deaf, a portion of the data collection focused on visual art as a means of interpreting what leadership meant to the participants. Participants produced visual imagery to impart their ways of knowing as women who negotiated their paths between two distinct cultures. Themes of identification with indigenous art forms, spirituality, and evolving self-identities were shared, with the participants leading the development of their artistic renderings.  The participant-created visual arts highlight the significance of non-verbal modes of inquiry within Indigenous and Deaf populations.

Keywords: Indigenous; Native American; Deaf; Women; Art Inquiry; Identity


Indigenous; Native American; Deaf; Art Inquiry; Identity

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