Talk:Traditional ecological knowledge

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Environment and Society Article Peer Review[edit]

Looking at the history of this page via the editing screen for the article it appears that you have added a few sections and some links. The article could be greatly expanded from its current form. There are many journal articles available on this subject via the journal data base at the Mount Allison University library webpage. Having to write a paper on the subject a couple years ago allowed me to discover this. Merging traditional ecological knowledge with traditional environmental knowledge may be justified due to the nature of both terms. My experience with these two terms during my studies is that they tend to be interchangeable in their usage. I have heard some discuss the two as separate noting that traditional ecological knowledge is used to describe aboriginal based knowledge while traditional environmental knowledge is used to discuss more contemporary environmental knowledge.

There has also been consideration of this type of knowledge in a place specific context in regards to agriculture. For example, a farmer living on a farm that has seen many generations has most likely received the accumulated knowledge of his past family members who worked that same land. This knowledge may include what types of livestock and plants are best suited for the local environment, what time of year is best suited for harvesting, what time of year is best suited for breeding, and what time of year is best suited for slaughter and processing of livestock, for example. This has also highlighted the fact that such forms of knowledge are at risk of extinction in the arena of agriculture due to the decline of small family farms in favor of large government subsidised production centers. In turn, this risk is also present for the aboriginal forms of this type of knowledge are the modern world assimilates their culture in some cases or all together replaces it.

The last item you could possibly discuss is the fact that this form of knowledge is increasingly being utilized in the planning process for many large development projects in the Canadian North. Yes, it is still viewed as controversial in light of western based knowledge systems but their knowledge is being increasingly recognised as useful in identifying particular environmental areas that should not be developed for the sake of species living therein such as caribou feeding, mating, and migration areas.

With that being said there are lots of opportunities for you to expand the content of this article. I look forward to reading any additions you may add before the end of this semester. I hope these ideas for expansion are helpful. Shawn McEachern (talk) 16:19, 21 March 2012 (UTC)

Environment & Society Critial Review: Planned Editing on Traditional Ecological Knowledge[edit]

While reading through this article, it gave me a good insight and definition of Traditional Ecological Knowledge. This article is very brief and simplified. This article also states Traditional Ecological well from my opinion but lacks thorough information. My goal for this article is to add information on Traditional Ecological Knowledge to give readers a more outlook on what it is. I will incorporate the use of Ecosystem Management Theory because Traditional Ecological Knowledge is heavily emphasized and provides a more broad view to managing resources. More specifically I will provide a case study on Gwaii Haanas, where both science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge is implemented to managing the terrestrial areas. This should give readers a better understanding of Traditional Ecological Knowledge and how it is utilized. Although TEK may be controversial due to the lack of scientific data and facts, I will try to include the reasons why it is and how does it benefits researchers.

I will also try to include the faces of Traditional Ecological Knowledge to provide different typologies in how it is utilized and understood. These typologies are good indicators in how Traditional Ecological Knowledge is used from different perspectives such as the type of knowledge, the process of knowledge, and the identity of knowledge.

Lastly, I realized that it suggested that this article should merge with traditional environmental knowledge, I will try to implement that into this article so when readers come on Wikipedia looking for information on Traditional Ecological Knowledge, they will not get confused in the differences between Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Traditional Environmental Knowledge.(Cmmetallic (talk) 19:45, 29 March 2012 (UTC))


UPDATE: I have now implemented some edits to this article. I added some sections to expand on this article and briefly added some information in the first added section. I also added Ecosystem Management as a section as I thought it was important to mention because TEK and science are utilized in resource management. I also provided a case study on Gwaii Haanas which incorporates both TEK and science to managing Gwaii Haanas. I corrected some spelling errors and tried to merged "Traditional Evironmental Knowledge" with "Traditional Ecological Knowledge" but had problems and couldn't figure out, so I briefly implemented Traditional Environmental Knowledge in the Introduction and linked the article in the "See Also" section. I also added some external links, providing information on Gwaii Hannas and the uses of TEK. Feedback would be great. Cmmetallic (talk) 17:20, 1 April 2012 (UTC)

Environment and Society: Peer Review[edit]

This article provides a brief but informative exploration of TEK, with plenty of room left for further analysis and expansion. TEK is a complicated idea to try to explain objectively, simply because of its natural subjectivity. The controversy associated with TEK and its value and function in modern society is briefly touched on here, but I feel as though a more detailed look at the conflict surrounding TEK is necessary in order to fully understand its significance.

I have identified the following section specifically as information which could potentially be explored in its own category rather than as part of the introduction:

"The use of TEK in management and science is controversial since methods of acquiring and accumulating TEK, although often including forms of empirical research and experimentation, differ from those used to create and validate Western scientific knowledge [3][4].

There is a debate whether holders of TEK (i.e., Indigenous populations) retain an intellectual property right over traditional knowledge and whether use of this knowledge requires prior permission and license [5]. This is especially complicated because TEK is most frequently preserved as oral tradition and as such may lack objectively confirmed documentation. Ironically, those same methods that might resolve the issue of documentation compromise the very nature of traditional knowledge."

The debate about the usefulness of TEK in a modern scientific setting and the challenges associated with such use is extremely important and, arguably, vital in order to obtain a full understanding of the nature of TEK.

The Gwaii Hanaas case study included provides a comprehensive example of TEK and its use in modern society. I felt as though the inclusion of this case in the article also communicated the growing recognition of TEK as a vital contributor in today's environmental action.

Overall I felt as though this article was an effective starting point with which new readers could begin their education on the subject. There is great potential for further expansion, although maintaining an objective perspective might be an interesting challenge to face when reporting the opinions and responses of people involved. Nevertheless, I feel that this would be an important subject to explore.

Samantha Hogan (talk) 05:03, 5 April 2012 (UTC)