Traditional and Indigenous Knowledge Systems in the Modern Era: A Natural and Applied Science Perspective, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Traditional and Indigenous Knowledge Systems in the Modern Era

A Natural and Applied Science Perspective, 1st Edition

Edited by David R. Katerere, Wendy Applequist, Oluwaseyi M. Aboyade, Chamunorwa Togo

CRC Press

336 pages | 23 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138034297
pub: 2019-10-04
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While there is talk of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, old and new challenges bedevil the world - climate change, nutrition and health poverty being at the top of the list. In seeking solutions to these and other problems which afflict the modern era, it is worthwhile to look into our collective past, to the traditions and knowledges of our ancestors. Such knowledge continues to exist in many parts of the world, though now marginalized by homogenous, Eurocentric ontolology and epistemology.

This book presents a compilation of reviews, case studies, and primary research attempting to locate the utility of Traditional and Indigenous Knowledges in an increasingly complex world. It assembles chapter authors from across the world to tackle topics ranging from traditional knowledge-based innovations and commercialization, traditional medicine systems as practiced around the world, ethnoveterinary practices, and food innovation to traditional governance and leadership systems, among others. This book is an important resource for policymakers; scholars and researchers of cultural studies, leadership and governance, ethnobotany, anthropology, plant genetic resources and technology innovation; readers interested in the history of knowledge and culture; as well as cultural activists and political scientists.


  • Unique combination of social science and anthropological aspects with natural science perspectives
  • Includes summaries aimed at policymakers to immediately see what would be relevant to their work
  • Combines case studies illuminating important lessons learned with reviews and primary data
  • Multidisciplinary in the scope of the topics tackled and assemblage of contributors
  • Global footprint with contributions from Africa, Europe, North America, Asia, and the West Indies

Table of Contents

Foreword Preface 1. Indigenous/Tribal Knowledges – definition and relevance in the modern era 2. How research funding can drive the commercialization of IK – based technologies: the case of SANBio 3. An Indian Perspective on Contemporizing Tribal and Indigenous Medical Knowledge 4. Tribal and Indigenous Knowledge in West Africa: the Use of Food Plants in the Management of Diabetes 5. Traditional and Local Knowledge Systems in the Caribbean: Jamaica as a case study 6. Indigenous knowledge systems: practices in modern-day China 7. Kampo Medicine 8. Back to the Future – the Prospects of African Indigenous Crops as Future Foods 9. The role of traditional health practitioners in modern health care systems 10. Interrogating the framework for the regulation of complementary medicines in South Africa 11. Animal Health and Indigenous Knowledge Systems 12. Local ecological knowledge on climate prediction and adaptation: agriculture-wildlife interface perspectives from Africa 13. Food and Nutrition Innovation in the Context of Indigenous Knowledge Systems 14. Hurdles in commercialization of tribal and indigenous knowledge-derived technologies 15. The state of traditional leadership in South Africa from colonialism and apartheid to democracy 16. A brief survey of early indigenous knowledge which influenced modern agronomic practices 17. Applications of Indigenous Knowledges in the 21st Century Index

About the Editors

David R. Katerere, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa

Wendy Applequist, William L. Brown Center, Missouri Botanical Garden, St Louis, Missouri, USA

Oluwaseyi M. Aboyade, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa & Nutritica SA, The Innovation Hub, Pretoria, South Africa

Chamunorwa Togo, The Innovation Hub, Pretoria, South Africa

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Alternative Medicine
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Physical