Original articlesSymbiotic Allegory as Innovative Indigenous Research MethodologyCharbonneau-Dahlen, Barbara PhDAuthor Information Minnesota State University, Mankato. Correspondence: Barbara Charbonneau-Dahlen, PhD, Minnesota State University, Mankato, 210 Park Ave N, Park River, ND 58270 (firstname.lastname@example.org). The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article. Supplemental digital content is available for this article. Direct URL citation appears in the printed text and is provided in the HTML and PDF versions of this article on the journal's Web site (www.advancesinnursingscience.com). Advances in Nursing Science: January/March 2020 - Volume 43 - Issue 1 - p E25-E35 doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000257 Buy SDC Metrics Abstract This article introduces symbiotic allegory, an innovative research method designed by the researcher, an American Indian Chippewa. Symbiotic allegory incorporates traditional methods (storytelling, the Dream Catcher–Medicine Wheel, traditional grounding ceremonies) with Western interview methodology to evoke trust and candor among Plains Indians who had never voiced the traumatic stories of their childhood boarding school experiences. Implications reflect the importance of creating methodologies that incorporate the ways of knowing of the group being studied, which is best accomplished by a researcher who comes from within the ranks of the population being studied. Copyright © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.