The class focuses on traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) as a system of knowledge, practice and belief. Using examples from a range of the world’s biomes, we consider maintenance of biocultural diversity, the similarities and differences between “science” and indigenous ways of knowledge, strategies for combining these systems in addressing climate adaptation strategies, and give examples of the successes and challenges faced today, similarities and how traditional knowledge is transmitted, including storytelling. Students contribute regularly to class discussion, submit a series of essays that integrate what they have learned, develop and present a group-teaching project, and learn a traditional skill.
International (INT), Social Science (SS)
Sophomore standing, ENVS 001 or ENVS 002 or ANTH 021