Local Understandings of the Land: Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Indigenous Knowledge

  • Roy C. Dudgeon
  • Fikret Berkes
Part of the Science Across Cultures: The History of Non-Western Science book series (SACH, volume 4)


Much of the literature on traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) deals with similarities and differences between Western science and traditional knowledge (e.g., Johannes, 1989; Williams and Baines, 1993; Berkes, 1999). By contrast, little has been written about the relationship between TEK and indigenous knowledge (IK). These two areas constitute two closely related and broadly overlapping literatures. While each approach seeks to understand local knowledge of the land, there are both similarities and differences between the two. One of the primary differences is the insight provided by TEK regarding some new understandings in ecology and resource management.


Indigenous People Aboriginal People Adaptive Management Traditional Knowledge Indigenous Knowledge 
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