The Indigenous Ways of Knowing Symposium

In May, Drs. Melissa Walls and Joseph Gone facilitated the Indigenous Ways of Knowing Symposium in Pray, Montana. A small, intimate group of Indigenous research scholars discussed the significance of Indigenous Ways of Knowing in addressing health inequities and promoting health. Participants for the gathering were selected from a network of colleagues engaged in scholarship surrounding Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Indigenous research methodologies. The participants represented diverse opinions, disciplines, and Tribal Nations for comprehensive and inclusive representation of Indigenous knowledges. 

Event Co-Organizers

Joseph P. Gone

Joseph P. Gone

Joseph P. Gone, PhD, is an international expert in the psychology and mental health of American Indians and other Indigenous peoples. He is Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University; Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Faculty Director, Harvard University Native American Program; and immediate Past President (2023-25) of the Society of Indian Psychologists. Gone has collaborated with tribal communities for nearly three decades to critique conventional mental health services and to harness traditional culture and spirituality for advancing Indigenous well-being. He has published over 100 scientific articles, and received more than 20 fellowships and career awards. An enrolled member of the Aaniiih-Gros Ventre Tribal Nation of Montana, he also served briefly as the Chief Administrative Officer for the Fort Belknap Indian reservation. Gone received the 2021 APA Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research from the American Psychological Association, and the 2023 Gold Medal Award for Impact in Psychology from the American Psychological Foundation


Melissa Walls

Melissa Walls

Melissa Walls, PhD (Bois Forte and Couchiching First Nation Anishinaabe) is Director of the Great Lakes Hub for the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health and Associate Professor of American Health in the Department of International Health. She is an Indigenous social scientist committed to collaborative research with Indigenous communities to promote health equity. Her involvement in community-based participatory research (CBPR) projects to date includes mental health epidemiology; culturally-relevant, family-based substance use prevention and mental health promotion programming and evaluation; and examining the impact of stress and mental health on diabetes. Dr. Walls’s collaborative work has received funding from the National Institutes of Health and the Public Health Agency of Canada. 

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Indigenous Ways of Knowing Symposia Illustrated Notes

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Recording of the Ways of Knowing Symposia Kickoff Event

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Recording of the Ways of Knowing Symposia Kickoff, a hybrid event recorded on March 7th in New Orleans, LA.

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