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National Geographic

National Geographic

Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous Knowledge

"Sophisticated knowledge of the natural world is not confined to science. Human societies all across the globe have developed rich sets of experiences and explanations relating to the environments they live in. These ‘other knowledge systems’ are today often referred to as traditional ecological knowledge or indigenous or local knowledge. They encompass the sophisticated arrays of information, understandings and interpretations that guide human societies around the globe in their innumerable interactions with the natural milieu: in agriculture and animal husbandry; hunting, fishing and gathering; struggles against disease and injury; naming and explanation of natural phenomena; and strategies to cope with fluctuating environments."

Source: Nakashima, D., Prott, L. and Bridgewater, P. (2000) Tapping into the world's wisdom, UNESCO Sources, 125, July-August, p. 12.

Center for World Indigenous Studies


Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story

"Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding."

Indigenous Ways of Knowing: An Introduction to Crossing Cultures

Professor Stephen Gilchrist discusses the exhibition Crossing Cultures: The Owen and Wagner Collection of Contemporary Aboriginal Art.

Nganyi Indigenous Knowledge Adaptation Project

Climate change is real, and it's affecting subsistence farmers worldwide. This project is trying to help people in western Kenya adapt to climate change, using both modern science and the Indigenous Knowledge of the Nganyi "rain-making" family.

Knowing and Knowledge: Kathleen Alexander

NITV The Campfire

the campfire

First Australians

First Australians


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