Indigenous Knowledge, Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology

1st Edition

Raymond Pierotti

Routledge
Published April 20, 2012
Reference - 280 Pages - 2 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415517782 - CAT# Y135024
Series: Indigenous Peoples and Politics

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Summary

Indigenous ways of understanding and interacting with the natural world are characterized as Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), which derives from emphasizing relationships and connections among species. This book examines TEK and its strengths in relation to Western ecological knowledge and evolutionary philosophy. Pierotti takes a look at the scientific basis of this approach, focusing on different concepts of communities and connections among living entities, the importance of understanding the meaning of relatedness in both spiritual and biological creation, and a careful comparison with evolutionary ecology. The text examines the themes and principles informing this knowledge, and offers a look at the complexities of conducting research from an indigenous perspective.

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