Indigenous Knowledge Systems

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Indigenous Knowledge Systems:

Indigenous Knowledge Systems By: Thien -Y Huynh Nhi Doan

What is this Area of Knowledge about?:

What is this Area of Knowledge about? Indigenous knowledge is the local knowledge – knowledge that is unique to a given culture or society. This knowledge becomes the accepted term to include the beliefs and understandings of non-western people acquired through long-term association with a place

What practical problems can be solved by applying this knowledge?:

What practical problems can be solved by applying this knowledge? Indigenous provides effective alternatives to western know – how. It gives local people and development workers extra options when designing projects . The concept of indigenous peoples defines these groups as particularly vulnerable to exploitation, marginalization and oppression by nation states that may still be formed from the colonizing populations, or by politically dominant ethnic groups.

What makes this Area of Knowledge important?:

What makes this Area of Knowledge important? Indigenous Knowledge draws on local resources. People are less dependent on outside supplies, which can be costly, scarce and unavailable regularly . People are familiar with indigenous practices and technologies. They can understand, handle, and maintain them better than introduced western practices and technologies.


Connection Perception: As we see, indigenous people and local communities have since long resisted the use of art and crafts, traditional symbols and designs; the use or modification of traditional songs; the patenting of traditional uses of medicinal plants; and the copyrighting and distribution of traditional stories . Languages : According to UNESCO, approximately 600 languages have disappeared in the last century and they continue to disappear at a rate of one language every two weeks. And today, fewer and fewer children are learning indigenous languages in the traditional way.

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