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

Melissa K. NelsonMelissa K. Nelson2010–2011 Anne Ray Resident ScholarMelissa K. Nelson2010–2011 Anne Ray Resident Scholar

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.

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