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Traditional Ecological Knowledge


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Part I. Introduction to Key Concepts and Questions: 1. Introduction: the soul of sustainability Daniel Shilling; 2. Native science and sustaining indigenous communities Gregory Cajete; 3. Wingaashk Kenomagwen, 'the lessons of grass': restoring reciprocity with the good green earth Robin Wall Kimmerer; 4. What do 'indigenous knowledges concepts' do for Indigenous peoples? Kyle Powys Whyte; Part II. Bedrock: Toward A Kincentric Ethic: 5. Indigenous sustainability: language, community wholeness, and solidarity Simon Ortiz; 6. A single strand: the Nsyilxcin speaking people's Tmixw knowledge as a model for sustaining a life-force-place Jeannette Armstrong; 7. Towards a philosophical understanding of TEK and ecofeminism Joan McGregor; 8. Wolves and ravens, science and ethics: traditional ecological knowledge meets long-term ecological research Michael Paul Nelson and John A. Vucetich; Part III. Extended Web: Land Care Practices and Plant and Animal Relationships: 9. Redefining sustainability through kincentric ecology: reclaiming Indigenous lands, knowledge, and ethics Dennis Martinez; 10. Indigenous food sovereignty in Canada Priscilla Settee; 11. The radiant life with animals Linda Hogan; Part IV. Global and Legal Implications of Indigenous Sustainability: 12. Home: resistance, resilience and innovation in Maori economies of well-being Rachel Wolfgramm, Chellie Spiller, Carla Houkamau and Manuke Henare; 13. Indigenous peoples and 'cultural sustainability': the role of law and traditional knowledge Rebecca Tsosie; 14. Conclusion: back in our tracks - embodying kinship as if the future mattered Melissa K. Nelson.

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Provides an overview of Native American philosophies, practices, and case studies and demonstrates how Traditional Ecological Knowledge provides insights into the sustainability movement.

About the Author

Melissa K. Nelson is an ecologist and indigenous scholar-activist. She is an associate professor of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University. Since 1993, she has also served as the president of The Cultural Conservancy. She is the editor of Original Instructions: Indigenous Teachings for a Sustainable Future (2008) and is an active media-maker, having produced several documentary short films. Daniel Shilling worked at Arizona Humanities from 1994 until 2003, the last fourteen years as executive director, during which he developed award-winning environmental history/ethics projects. He is the author of Civic Tourism (2007) and earned the prestigious Distinguished Alumnus Award from Arizona State University.

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