1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Indigenous Environmental Knowledge

Edited By Thomas F. Thornton, Shonil Bhagwat Copyright 2021
    426 Pages 62 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    426 Pages 62 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume provides an overview of key themes in Indigenous Environmental Knowledge (IEK) and anchors them with brief but well-grounded empirical case studies of relevance for each of these themes, drawn from bioculturally diverse areas around the world. It provides an incisive, cutting-edge overview of the conceptual and philosophical issues, while providing constructive examples of how IEK studies have been implemented to beneficial effect in ecological restoration, stewardship, and governance schemes.

    Collectively, the chapters in the Routledge Handbook of Indigenous Environmental Knowledge cover Indigenous Knowledge not only in a wide range of cultures and livelihood contexts, but also in a wide range of environments, including drylands, savannah grassland, tropical forests, mountain landscapes, temperate and boreal forests, Pacific and Indian Ocean islands, and coastal environments. The chapters discuss the complexities and nuances of Indigenous cosmologies and ethno-metaphysics and the treatment and incorporation of IEK in local, national, and international environmental policies. Taken together, the chapters in this volume make a strong case for the potential of Indigenous Knowledge in addressing today’s local and global environmental challenges, especially when approached from a perspective of appreciative inquiry, using cross-cultural methods and ethical, collaborative approaches which limit bias and inappropriate extraction of IEK.

    The book is a guide for graduate and advanced undergraduate teaching, and a key reference for academics in development studies, environmental studies, geography, anthropology, and beyond, as well as anyone with an interest in Indigenous Environmental Knowledge.

    Chapters 10 and 23 of this book are freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at http://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.

    1 Introduction

    Thomas F. Thornton and Shonil A. Bhagwat

    PART I Concepts and context

    2 Indigenous Ecological Knowledge: Why bother?

    Eugene Hunn

    3 Context matters: the holism and subjectivity of environmental knowledge

    Chris S. Duvall

    4 Cultivar diversity and management as traditional environmental knowledge

    Roy Ellen

    5 On serving salmon: an ethnography of hyperkeystone interactions in Interior Alaska

    Shiaki Kondo

    6 Performance knowledge: uncovering the dynamics of biocultural diversity of Borneo’s tropical forests through a Penan hunting technique

    Rajindra K. Puri

    7 Soil ethnoecology

    Paul Sillitoe

    8 Bridging paradigms: analyzing traditional Tsimane’ hunting with a double lens

    Armando Medinaceli

    PART II Issues of perspective, values, and engagement

    9 Asian and Middle Eastern pastoralists

    Ariell Ahearn and Dawn Chatty

    10 Balance on every ledger: Kwakwaka’wakw resource values and traditional ecological management

    Douglas Deur, Kim Recalma-Clutesi, and Chief Adam Dick

    11 Challenges surrounding education and transmission of Ainu Indigenous Ecological Knowledge in Japan: disparate valuations of a people and their IEK

    Jeff Gayman

    12 Engaging with Indigenous Environmental Knowledge in the North American Arctic: moving from documentation to decisions in environmental governance

    Henry P. Huntington

    13 Taiga Forest reindeer herders and hunters, subsistence, stewardship

    Nadezhda Mamontova

    14 Tlingit engagement with salmon: the philosophy and practice of relational sustainability

    Steve J. Langdon

    15 Mātauranga as knowledge, process and practice in Aotearoa New Zealand

    Priscilla Wehi, Hēmi Whaanga, Krushil Watene and Tammy Steeves

    PART III Applications of IEK for adaptation, conservation, and coexistence

    16 Integrating Amazigh cultural practices in Moroccan High Atlas biodiversity conservation

    Irene Teixidor-Toneu, Gary Martin, Soufiane M’sou and Ugo D’Ambrosio

    17 Sacred groves of Sierra Leone: preserving Indigenous Environmental Knowledge

    Alison A. Ormsby

    18 The role of biodiversity in the maintenance of ecosystem services in human-dominated landscapes: evidence from the Terai Plains of Nepal

    Jessica P. R. Thorn, Thomas F. Thornton, Ariella Helfgott and Kathy J. Willis

    19 Creating coexistence: traditional knowledge and institutions as a foundation for Maasai-wildlife coexistence in southern Kenya

    Guy Western and Samantha Russell

    20 Cultural keystone species as indicators of climatic changes

    Victoria Wyllie de Echeverria

    21 Living with elephants: indigenous world-views

    Tarshish Thekaekara

    22 Do dragons prevent deforestation?: The Gambia’s sacred forests

    Ashley Massey Marks, Joshua B. Fisher and Shonil A. Bhagwat

    23 Fire, native ecological knowledge, and the enduring anthropogenic landscapes of Yosemite Valley

    Douglas Deur and Rochelle Bloom

    PART IV Governance and equity

    24 Who benefits? Indigenous Environmental Knowledge (IEK) in multilateral biodiversity agreements

    Wendy Jackson and Phil Lyver

    25 The use and misuse of IEK in conservation in Vietnam

    Pamela McElwee

    26 Including Indigenous and Local Knowledge in the work of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Global Assessment: outcomes and lessons for the future

    Pamela McElwee, Hien T. Ngo, Álvaro Fernández-Llamazares, Victoria Reyes-García, Zsolt Molnár, Maximilien Guêze, Yildiz Aumeruddy-Thomas, Sandra Díaz and Eduardo Brondizio

    27 Indigenous Knowledge, knowledge-holders and marine environmental governance

    Suzanne von der Porten, Yoshitaka Ota and Devi Mucina

    28 Incorporating social-ecological systems into protected area networks: indigenous and Community Conserved Areas (ICCAs) in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo

    Ashley Massey Marks, Paul Porodong and Shonil A. Bhagwat


    Thomas F. Thornton is Dean of Arts and Sciences and Vice-Provost for Research and Sponsored Programs at University of Alaska Southeast, USA, and Associate Professor (part-time) at the Environmental Change Institute, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, UK.

    Shonil A. Bhagwat is Professor of Environment and Development, and Head of the School of Social Sciences and Global Studies at the Open University, UK. His research focuses on the links between environment and development in the context of global challenges.