Environmental Analysis (Pitzer)
Ethnoecology, indigenous knowledge, nature, human interaction
Ethnoecology – the study of cultural explications of nature – generates insights into the interface between peoples and the more-than-human world. Ecology is the scientific study of the interrelationships between plants, animals, and the environment, and it has developed into the study of interdependent communities of organisms and their environments. But while most ecologists have been trained to seek knowledge solely from scholarly books or nonhuman nature, tremendous environmental information is stored in the minds, cultures, and arts of indigenous peoples.
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Faulstich, Paul. “Ethnoecology” Entries in “Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature.” Bron Taylor and Jeffrey Kaplan (eds.). New York: Continuum International. 2006.