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4th Edition

Sacred Ecology

ISBN 9781138071490
Published August 22, 2017 by Routledge
394 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Sacred Ecology examines bodies of knowledge held by indigenous and other rural peoples around the world, and asks how we can learn from this knowledge and ways of knowing. Berkes explores the importance of local and indigenous knowledge as a complement to scientific ecology, and its cultural and political significance for indigenous groups themselves. With updates of relevant links for further learning and over 180 new references, the fourth edition gives increased voice to indigenous authors, and reflects the remarkable increase in published local observations of climate change.

Table of Contents

1 Context of Traditional Ecological Knowledge

2 Traditional Knowledge Comes of Age

3 Intellectual Roots of Traditional Ecological Knowledge

4 Traditional Knowledge Systems in Practice

5 Cree Worldview "From the Inside"

6 A Story of Caribou and Social Learning

7 Cree Fishing Practices as Adaptive Management

8 Climate Change and Indigenous Ways of Knowing

9 Holism of Indigenous Knowledge, Complex Systems, and Fuzzy Logic

10 How Local and Traditional Knowledge Develops

11 Indigenous Knowledge in Context: Myths, Worldviews, Contemporary Applications

12 Toward a Unity of Mind and Nature


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Fikret Berkes is Distinguished Professor Emeritus and former Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Community-based Research Management at the Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba, Canada. His studies on community-based resource management have led to explorations of local and indigenous knowledge. He has authored some 250 scholarly publications and ten books, including Linking Social and Ecological Systems (Cambridge University Press, 1998), Navigating Social-Ecological Systems (Cambridge University press, 2003) and Coasts for People (Routledge, 2015).