Between two worlds: a psychology student’s international experience in Māori New Zealand
Keren Lehavot

Abstract


A psychology graduate student from the United States, I spent nearly two months with Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga conducting research and collaborating with Māori researchers. Encountering Māori culture as an outsider, I came upon critical lessons necessary to ensure dissemination of indigenous knowledge to students who come from all over the world. These include the importance of collaboration with Māori both inside and outside the workplace, increased immersion with indigenous-based readings and media, engagement with my own developmental process and white privilege, and building skills necessary to foster cross-cultural communication and understanding.

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