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Sacred Ecology examines bodies of knowledge held by indigenous and other rural peoples around the world, and asks how we can learn from this knowledge and ways of knowing. Berkes explores the importance of local and indigenous knowledge as a complement to scientific ecology, and its cultural and political significance for indigenous groups themselves. This third edition fu ...more
Unknown Binding, 392 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Routledge
(first published February 1st 1999)
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The vast majority of the book provide a wonderful overview of TEK and how it can be studied and integrated into Western thought to address shortcomings in both systems. I deducted one star for the focus Berkes puts on the Cree and their TEK-based management systems. This is understandable, as he researched with the Cree for many years. However, as this is a primer in TEK, I would prefer that he paint with broader brushstrokes or at least provide a wider range of examples rather than focus on one ...more
Dr. Berkes is an applied ecologist by background and works at the interface of natural and social sciences. He joined the University of Manitoba in 1991 as the Director of NRI, a position he occupied until 1996. He has served as the President of the International Association for the Study of Common Property (1996-98) and as the leader of a number of research groups. He has devoted most of his prof ...moreMore about Fikret Berkes...