I feel like I’ve been endlessly reading about anthropology. How to do it, biases to be aware of, theorists, etc. Also my readings on urban Aboriginal people haven’t helped me in refining my topic only in making me more confused about my question. I am interested in utilizing stories and storytelling whether as a method or narrative to explore issues I’m not sure. I want to integrate ideas about culture and identity that is negotiated in the urban realm. I’m interested in mobility and migration. Why have urban Aboriginal people moved? When? Do they keep houses in rural/on-reserve? How is culture, identity and spirituality negotiated from pan-Indian approaches as opposed to land-based practices? What are current ceremonial practices in the city? Are they different than rural/on-reserve ceremony? How are networks developed and maintained? How do urban Aboriginal people think about urban Aboriginal place and space? What and where are sites of resistance?
These are the questions that I am curious about and it’s difficult to try to hone them down as there is so much unknown about the urban Aboriginal experience.