KU Common Book 2020-2021: Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants: Getting Started: Indigenous Ways of Knowing

What is Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK)

Indigenous Ways of Knowing

"Indigenous Ways of Knowing" is a useful term that recognizes the beautiful complexity and diversity of Indigenous ways of learning and teaching. Many people continue to generalize Indigenous experience and lived realities. The intent of the phrase "Indigenous Ways of Knowing" is to help educate people about the vast variety of knowledge that exists across diverse Indigenous communities. It also signals that, as Indigenous Peoples, we don't just learn from human interaction and relationships. All elements of creation can teach us, from the plant and animal nations, to the "objects" that many people consider to be inanimate.        

Office of Indigenous Initiatives: Ways of Knowing, Queens University

To have agency in the world, ceremonies should be reciprocal co-creations, organic in nature, in which the community creates ceremony and the ceremony creates communities. (pg. 250)

Burning Cascade Head (pp. 241-253)

Video - Dr. Gregory Cajate - Native Science: The Indigenous Mind Rising

Video - Dr. Dan Wildcat Haskell Indian Nations University | Rights of Nature | Bioneers Indigenous Knowledge

Indigenous Environmentalism

Action against Enbridge to Stop Line 3 at the capital of Minnesota. Walkers will walk from White Earth Nation, MN to St. Paul, MN.

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