Focus Group

Chatting in the field
Tribal members discussing topic in the field


Focus groups can provide direction for additional subject matter and identification of experts. Focus groups can be helpful to determine who within an indigenous community holds the knowledge about the topic being studied. There could be a clan, a society or another group who are the Keepers and transmitters of the information as not all information may be universally known within the Indigenous community. The use of focus groups is not recommended as a sole methodology for learning TEK.

Last updated: January 13, 2016