Contributions of Indigenous Knowledge to ecological and evolutionary understanding

dc.contributor.authorJessen, Tyler D
dc.contributor.authorBan, Natalie C.
dc.contributor.authorXEMŦOLTW Claxton, Nicholas
dc.contributor.authorDarimont, Chris T
dc.descriptionWe thank the many individuals and communities who have helped shape our knowledge. Their wisdom, generosity, and patience form the bedrock of our collaborative research programs. We thank J Burgess for graphic design as well as M Campbell of the Haíɫzaqv Nation for his permission to use the bear–salmon art we commissioned.en_US
dc.description.abstractIndigenous Knowledge (IK) is the collective term to represent the many place-based knowledges accumulated across generations within myriad specific cultural contexts. Despite its millennia-long and continued application by Indigenous peoples to environmental management, non-Indigenous “Western” scientific research and management have only recently considered IK. We use detailed and diverse examples to highlight how IK is increasingly incorporated in research programs, enhancing understanding of – and contributing novel insight into – ecology and evolution, as well as physiology and applied ecology (that is, management). The varied contributions of IK stem from long periods of observation, interaction, and experimentation with species, ecosystems, and ecosystem processes. Despite commonalities between IK and science, we outline the ethical duty required by scientists when working with IK holders. Given past and present injustice, respecting self-determination of Indigenous peoples is a necessary condition to support mutually beneficial research processes and outcomes.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipTDJ was supported by a Raincoast Conservation Fellowship, an Edward Bassett Family Scholarship, a University of Victoria (UVic) Graduate Fellowship, and a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Vanier Fellowship; NCB was supported by the UVic Landsdowne Scholar Award and an NSERC Discovery Grant; and CTD was supported by the Raincoast Research Chair in Applied Conservation Science, the Wilburforce Foundation, and an NSERC Discovery Grant.en_US
dc.identifier.citationJessen, T.D., Ban, N.C., XEMŦOLTW Claxton, N., & Darimont, C.T. (2021). Contributions of Indigenous Knowledge to ecological and evolutionary understanding. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 20(2),
dc.publisherFrontiers in Ecology and the Environmenten_US
dc.subjectIndigenous Knowledgeen_US
dc.subjectTraditional Ecological Knowledgeen_US
dc.subjectIndigenous Ecological Knowledgeen_US
dc.titleContributions of Indigenous Knowledge to ecological and evolutionary understandingen_US


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