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Sacred Ecology Paperback – 19 March 2012
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- ASIN : 041551732X
- Publisher : Routledge; 3rd edition (19 March 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 392 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780415517324
- ISBN-13 : 978-0415517324
- Dimensions : 21.01 x 2.26 x 29.69 cm
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About the Author
Fikret Berkes is Distinguished Professor and Canada Research Chair at the Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba, Canada. His studies on community-based resource management have led to explorations of local and indigenous knowledge. He has authored some 250 scholarly publications and nine books, including Linking Social and Ecological Systems (Cambridge University Press, 1998) and Navigating Social-Ecological Systems (Cambridge, 2003).
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Berkes outlines the sources of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) as being the ancestral preserve of communities who rely (or have relied) heavily on their local ecologies for sustenance and security. He then goes into detail about different elements that comprise the body of knowledge now widely referred to as TEK.
Throughout the exploration of TEK, it's origins, components and potential uses within modern frameworks of ecology and resource use; Berkes also gives detailed examples of TEK's operative functions - that is how in various contexts TEK works and what it is able to produce/provide to those who are looking to utilise its strengths.
What makes this a truly excellent resource however is that Berkes covers the topic in a very sympathetic yet balanced way - he doesn't shy away from demystifying Indigenous knowledge and debunking common misconceptions that "tribal" peoples were or are inherent conservationists; though he also does not dwell on this important clarification longer than necessary.
This is a fantastic resource to use either as an introduction or a more comprehensive detailed guide to the field of engaging with Traditional Ecological Knowledge for a variety of purposes - well deserving of being widely regarded as the seminal text on the topic.