Title

Ethnoecology

Document Type

Article

Program

Environmental Analysis (Pitzer)

Publication Date

2006

Keywords

Ethnoecology, indigenous knowledge, nature, human interaction

Abstract

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.

Comments

Original publication at Oxford Reference.

Rights Information

© 2006 Oxford University Press. Posted with permission.