Indigenous Science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge: Persistence in Place
Melissa K. Nelson, Associate Professor, Department of American Indian Studies, San Francisco State University, and Anne Ray Resident Scholar
Colloquium, SAR Boardroom
Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 12:00–1:00 pm
This presentation explores the philosophies, methods, and practices of Indigenous science as articulated by Native scholars, leaders, and traditional practitioners. It summarizes the epistemological and methodological similarities and differences between indigenous and Western scientific paradigms. It also examines how “Traditional Ecological Knowledge” (TEK)—an increasingly popular term used by scholars, NGOs, and community leaders—is interpreted by these various actors to address today’s complex ecological problems.