Indigenous Knowledge, Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-07-16
  • Publisher: Routledge

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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.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Defining Traditional Ecological Knowledgep. 7
All Things are Connected: Communities as Both Ecological and Social Entities in Indigenous American Thoughtp. 26
Predators Not Prey: "Wolves of Creation" Rather Than "Lambs of God"p. 49
Metaphors and Models: Indigenous Knowledge and Evolutionary Ecologyp. 68
Cultural and Biological Creation and the Concept of Relatednessp. 92
Applying Principles of TEK Within the Western Scientific Traditionp. 113
Connected to the Land: Nature and Spirit in Native American Novelsp. 135
Ecological Indians: European Imaginations and Indigenous Realityp. 157
A Critical Comment on Both Western Science and Indigenous Responses to the Western Scientific Traditionp. 178
Who Speaks for the Buffalo? Finding the Indigenous in Academiap. 197
Traditional Ecological Knowledge: The Third Alternativep. 207
Referencesp. 229
Indexp. 249
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