To cite this article: Torres, R. A and Nyaga, D. 2016. Discussion of power through the eyes of the margins: Praxis of post-colonial Aeta Indigenous women healers in the Philippines. International Journal of Asia Pacific Studies 12 (2): 31–56, DOI: 10.21315/ijaps2016.12.2.2
This article is based on a research study conducted in the Philippines. It explores the experiences of Aeta Indigenous women healers on how power becomes deconstructed through their stories and practices. This study employs the Talking Circle as a methodology to legitimate the voices and experiences of Aeta Indigenous women healers, and draws on this knowledge to remedy the systemic exclusion of Indigenous knowledge in the academy. These stories unveil the contribution of Aeta Indigenous women healers to the discourse of power.
Rose Ann Torres has a PhD in Sociology of Education and Women and Gender Studies at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, Canada. She has been teaching at Sociology Department at Ryerson University and Trent University, and in the department of Women and Gender Studies at Brock University, Toronto. Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of community engaged research theory and methodology, Indigenous studies, inequities, critical anti-racism, gender variance, politics of resistance, inclusive education, post-colonial theory, anti-colonial theory, feminist theory, transnational studies, and sociology of knowledge. She is currently conducting a community engaged research on “The Diasporic Resiliency, Agency and Resistance of Filipino Women: Roles, Influences, and Experiences.”
Dionisio Nyaga is a PhD candidate and college instructor in Ryerson University, Social Justice Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, Canada. His research fields include men and masculinities, critical masculinity, indigenous studies, anti-colonialism, post-colonialism, anti-racism, African studies, trans-national and diasporic studies, and anti-oppressive social work and practice.