Category Archives: Indigenous knowledge

Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Native Ways of Knowing

Drawing on experiences across Fourth World contexts, with an emphasis on the Alaska context, this article seeks to extend our understandings of the learning processes within and at the intersection of diverse worldviews and knowledge systems. We outline the rationale … Continue reading

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Amazon Tribe creates 500-page Traditional Medicine Encyclopedia

In one of the great tragedies of our age, indigenous traditions, stories, cultures and knowledge are winking out across the world. Whole languages and mythologies are vanishing, and in some cases even entire indigenous groups are falling into extinction. This … Continue reading

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Intellectual Property, Indigenous People and their Knowledge

After colonization, indigenous people faced an extractive property rights regime for both their land and knowledge. This book outlines that regime, and how the symbolic function of international intellectual property continues today to assist states to enclose indigenous peoples’ knowledge. … Continue reading

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Best Practices on Indigenous Knowledge

The Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education / Indigenous Knowledge (NUFFIC/IK-Unit) in co-operation with UNESCO‘s Management of Social Transformations Programme (MOST) has established a Database of best practices on indigenous knowledge. This database is part of the MOST … Continue reading

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Understanding Traditional Homegardens

Traditional tropical homegardens are highly diverse agroforestry systems that make a substantial contribution to the well-being of the family and to its food security. However, understanding and working with homegardens has often been problematic, because of their unique and complex … Continue reading

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Preserving Local Knowledge through Discovery Learning

Recent legislation in Thailand has opened up the process of curriculum development to allow for decentralization to the local level. The 1999 revision of the National Education Law makes local educational institutions responsible for tailoring the content of the national … Continue reading

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Indigenous and Scientific Knowledge: some critical comments

The distinction between indigenous and Western/scientific knowledge can present problems for those who believe in the significance of indigenous knowledge for development. This article examines some of the contradictions and ironies involved in accenting the importance of indigenous knowledge, with … Continue reading

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Exploring the Role of Indigenous Ecological Knowledge in Climate Change Initiatives

Indigenous populations are projected to face disproportionate impacts as a result of climate change in comparison to nonindigenous populations. For this reason, many American Indian and Alaska Native tribes are identifying and implementing culturally appropriate strategies to assess climate impacts … Continue reading

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Indigenous Knowledge for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development

Indigenous knowledge can play a key role in the design of sustainable agricultural systems, increasing the likelihood that rural populations will accept, develop, and maintain innovations and interventions. They have names for many different kinds of plants, ways to diagnose … Continue reading

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Ecological Complexity, Fuzzy Logic, and Holism in Indigenous Knowledge

Some indigenous knowledge is said to be holistic in the way it deals with the environment. Given the difficulties of Western science with complex environmental problems, any insights from the holism of indigenous knowledge are of major interest. Based on … Continue reading

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