Native America Calling archive: Indigenous Scientists on Traditional Knowledge

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Indigenous scientists often have a foot in two worlds: modern science and the wisdom that comes from sacred and traditional knowledge. Each has their strengths and their own bearing on ways to achieve ecological sustainability. First Nations ecologist Dr. Jennifer Grenz, author of Medicine Wheel for the Planet, says Western institutions have the right idea with inclusion — but their methods can still be detrimental to Indigenous scholars and communities.


Dr. Jennifer Grenz (Nlaka’pamux mixed ancestry), Indigenous scholar and assistant professor and faculty of Forestry and Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia – Vancouver

Dr. Samantha Chisholm Hatfield (Cherokee and enrolled in the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians), assistant professor, senior research at Oregon State University in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences

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