Logo History

The World Indigenous Research Alliance

Mediating and mobilizing Indigenous Peoples’ educational knowledge and aspirations.[1]

  1. The sphere represents our world and all of our current members and those currently unseen, but yet to come.
  2. The designs on the sphere are reminiscent of and taken from artworks of the Indigenous peoples who make up WIRA (symbolic bear claws, whales teeth, fish, stingrays etc., all in the geometric patterns that we see in our Indigenous woven art). The symbolism and metaphor tie our Indigenous nations and states together.
  3. The sphere is broken up into seven distinct areas representing the WINU educational regions:
    1. Sāmi / Arctic
    2. Alaska
    3. Canada
    4. Continental USA
    5. Hawai’i / Pasifika
    6. Australia / Aotearoa
    7. Taiwan

[1] Dr. Paul Whitinui