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Questions Concerning Indigenous Knowledge. A work not yet in progress Connie Uliasz, CSU. Philosophy means “questions needed” Background: Jhon Goes In Center Emergence from the earth People and their Stories A story Xingu River, Amazon - Kayapo Sub-Saharan Africa - Wet season.

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Questions concerning indigenous knowledge

Questions Concerning Indigenous Knowledge

A work not yet in progress

Connie Uliasz, CSU


Questions concerning indigenous knowledge

Philosophy means “questions needed”

Background:

Jhon Goes In Center

Emergence from the earth

People and their Stories

A story

Xingu River, Amazon - Kayapo

Sub-Saharan Africa - Wet season


Questions concerning indigenous knowledge

What is knowledge?

Scientific

Hypothesis testing

Based on what we learn from using the scientific method

Falsifiable

Correspondence theory?

Linear

Indigenous

Specific, place-based understanding

of an area

Non-falsifiable

Coherence theory?

Circular


Questions concerning indigenous knowledge

  • What might be the stories of this area?

  • How might they relate to ecosystem studies?

  • Clear vs. stormy days

  • Correlations between climate and animal numbers/behavior

  • Leaf out times

  • Growing season length

  • Decomposition times

  • Mismatch between traditional stories and current obs

  • Disturbances

    • Fire

    • Blowdowns

    • Insect infestations


Problems

Problems

Uncertainty regarding what is “meaningful”

knowledge

Info may not be generalizable - how to incorporate into

our knowledge systems

Cultural misunderstandings

Trust issues

I don’t know what I’m talking about


Strengths

Strengths

Paradigm Shift?

A group that can help us to challenge our deeply ingrained assumptions

Gain understandings that would not be accessible to us otherwise

Uses of GIS

Benefits for both groups

Helps to address the meaningfulness of this cluster of research sites


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