Traditional & Scientific Knowledge
Kaya macihowin kiyisketamowin ~ Traditional Knowledge
When traditional knowledge is combined with scientific knowledge, new models for landscape management are produced that are measurable; quantitatively and qualitatively, traditionally and scientifically.
Traditional Knowledge is inclusive: it includes qualities that can be measured such as which creeks contain spawning bull trout, and immeasurable qualities like knowing moose hide makes more durable moccasins. Traditional knowledge considers not hunting an animal when it is endangered and keeping an eye on fur bearing populations in consecutive seasons. Traditional knowledge is using every part of an animal, and knowing the importance of fire to health forests.
Traditional knowledge is a powerful tool that has been overlooked by science because it is not documented or tested in controlled environments. Traditional knowledge can be used to develop baseline information where it is not available or impossible to measure. It is also a good indicator of how well mitigation measures are working. As the world struggles to use resources sustainably, traditional knowledge must be considered equally with scientific knowledge.
The integration of traditional knowledge and scientific knowledge can reduce impact and create balance. In the past, traditional knowledge helped maintain a symbiotic, beneficial relationship between man and the environment. The rapid encroachment of development and urbanization is creating pressures on the environment unknown to previous generations. But, we all need natural resources. When traditional knowledge is combined with scientific knowledge, new models for landscape management are produced that are measurable; quantitatively and qualitatively, traditionally and scientifically. The answer to today’s environmental challenges is a balanced approach.
As the world struggles to use resources sustainably, traditional knowledge must be considered equally with scientific knowledge
Our workers have a unique understanding of natural systems; they are a vital asset for developers working in the Aseniwuche Winewak Nation’s Traditional Lands. The historical and cultural information our workers know about geography and ecosystems is invaluable. When they recreate a stream bed, they know what it used to look like. They understand what fish need. They care it is done right because their grandfather may have fished there, and they hope their grandchildren will be able to. You can’t place a value on that kind of commitment.