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Lecture 4

FOR400Y1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Oka Crisis, Iroquois

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FOR400Y - Lecture 4: Ohenton Karithwatehkwen: The Words That Come Before All Else
Haudenosaunee = people of the longhouse
- Before do anything when gathered, some one gives greetings of thanksgiving
- Mother earth, soil has all the colours of our skin
Myth: Only native people have TEK
Any people who live on the land have traditional ecological knowledge
- As you live in that place
- You gain knowledge and understanding of the place
Myth: TEK is being lost and needs to be saved
Knowledge is saved by people
- We have jellyware (not hardware/software) in our minds
- Praying Mantids
- Males are really fast, get in and out and run away
- Praying mantids get faster and faster
Myth: TEK is static
- Climate changes, so the river is different now than before
Myth: TEK doesn’t use science
- Science is a way of looking at the world
- Hunter knows where to hunt from “collecting data” about where deer comes from
Myth: TEK is anecdotal (stories)
- All journal publications are stories but written in a different way
- Stories describe the way the land looks
- What does the story tell me about the land
Myth: TEK is not objective
- But we have other tools that scientists don’t have
- Spritual side of understanding the world is also a science and tools you can use
Flies, turtles, snakes - inuit
Innate knowledge
- Knowledge you’re born with
- Genetics
- Mohawk
- Oka crisis
- Matrolinear and matrolocal
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