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What is Traditional Knowledge?
This page introduces the concept of traditional knowledge, detailed knowledge of the environment based on teachings and experiences and passed orally from generation to generation. Topics include how Native people define traditional knowledge, comparisons between indigenous and scientific knowledge, and the role of women and children in traditional knowledge. There is also discussion of the structure of local systems of Native knowledge; traditional versus non-traditional; ecological and non-ecological; knowledge systems specific to certain communitites; and ownership and control of traditional knowledge. Other materials include lists of policy guidelines for research into traditional knowledge, and issues that must be considered when acquiring, using or disseminating traditional knowledge.
Intended for grade levels:
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
  • History and philosophy of science
  • Policy issues
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright Alaska Native Science Commission.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLISR-000-000-000-082
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'Alaska Native Science Commission'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: Alaska Native Science Commission