Ethnology of Select Indigenous Cultural Resources for Climate Change Adaptation: Responses of the Abagusii of Kenya

  • Mokua OmbatiEmail author
Part of the The Anthropocene: Politik—Economics—Society—Science book series (APESS, volume 25)


The consequences of climate change, and the need to adapt and spur livelihood challenges. During periods of (un)expected climate change, traditional African communities applied indigenous cultural resources to secure the agrarian sector which almost exclusively supported their livelihoods. This study combines insights from the theories of cultural functionalism and interaction rituals to provide a descriptive interpretation of select indigenous cultural resources the Abagusii community of southwestern Kenya employed to respond and adapt to manifestations of climate change. The study proffers ways of repositioning this hitherto undervalued knowledge in partnership with contemporary climatological science to provide the ‘magic potion’ which will enable adaptation to the ever-enduring challenge of climate change in contemporary Africa.


African indigenous knowledge Climate change Adaptation Abagusii 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Anthropology and Human Ecology DepartmentMoi UniversityEldoretKenya

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