Insider/Outsider Research

Founding IRP comes directly as a result of my own experiences as a member of a diasporic, indigenous nation. I have lived through and studied the social and psychological impact of statelessness and indigenous marginalization. Stories shared by family and friends have been one of the only avenues I can access to connect with distant and unmet relatives. 

Indeed, Oral Histories are without question the living echo of our families' ancestors and the legacy of our cultures. 

As significant parts of my life have been informed by misidentification, displacement, and cultural suppression I have been given an insider perspective into some of the challenges indigenous groups face. Six years of higher education focused on global social injustice have given me the tools, theory, and ethical practices to partner with communities as a research facilitator providing the means to preserve and ...hopefully... bring their stories to life in new ways.

The Why: Rationale for IRP's Work

The modern geopolitical landscape inherently marginalizes First Peoples around the world as most native communities are stateless. This dynamic can compound each community’s struggle to sustain their growth, traditions, lifestyles, and even survival. 

Oral history and folkloric music are of the oldest shared cultural traditions. They provide a window into the values and worldviews of all of our ancestors. Film and music production provide avenues for indigenous communities to teach others about their way of life while archiving their stories for preservation.

IRP partners with indigenous communities by facilitating the production and distribution of stories told by communities themselves. The research revealing these stories is supported by consistent, appropriate methodology and theory producing a database of qualitative, diverse samples. 

Films and music produced by IRP and partner communities can help relieve these cultures from the obscurity that leads to marginalization. Furthermore, these mixed media productions will serve to provide financial support to the partner communities themselves. Proceeds from films and albums will return directly to communities served. 

Click on each title for further resources regarding cultural preservation and safety of stateless peoples through artistic expression:


Header: Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, USA was constructed by the Pueblo people in the 13th century C.E.

Below Header: IRP President Samuel Tamo midway up the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan - "City of the Gods" according to the Aztecs. In the background, the Pyramid of the Moon can be seen aligned with its background silhouette of Cerro Gordo