Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Natural Resource Management

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Examines how traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) is taught and practiced today among Native communities. Explores the complex relationship between indigenous ecological practices and other ways of interacting with the environment

Available in hardcover only.  Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Natural Resource Management, edited by Charles R. Menzies.  University of Nebraska Press, 2006.  273 pages.  

""Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Natural Resource Management"" examines how traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) is taught and practiced today among Native communities. Of special interest is the complex relationship between indigenous ecological practices and other ways of interacting with the environment, particularly regional and national programs of natural resource management. Focusing primarily on the northwest coast of North America, contributors look at the challenges and opportunities confronting the local practice of indigenous ecological knowledge in a range of communities, including the Tsimshian, the Nisga'a, the Tlingit, the Gitksan, the Kwagult, the Sto:lo, and the northern Dene in the Yukon. The contributors consider how traditional knowledge is taught and learned and address the cultural importance of different subsistence practices using natural elements such as seaweed (Gitga'a), pine mushrooms (Tsimshian), and salmon (Tlingit).

Several contributors discuss the extent to which national and regional programs of resource management need to include models of TEK in their planning and execution. This volume highlights the different ways of seeing and engaging with the natural world and underscores the need to acknowledge and honor the ways that indigenous people have done so for generations. Charles R. Menzies is a member of the Tsimshian nation and an associate professor of anthropology at the University of British Columbia. He is a co-author of BC First Nations Studies."