Sacred Ecology

Routledge, 29 .. 2012 - 392 ˹

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 further develops the point that traditional knowledge as process, rather than as content, is what we should be examining. It has been updated with about 150 new references, and includes an extensive list of web resources through which instructors can access additional material and further illustrate many of the topics and themes in the book.

Winner of the Ecological Society of America's 2014 Sustainability Science Award.


List of Illustrations
Preface to the Second Edition
Context of Traditional Ecological Knowledge
Emergence of the Field
Intellectual Roots of Traditional Ecological Knowledge
Traditional Knowledge Systems in Practice
Cree Worldview From the Inside
A Story of Caribou and Social Learning
Complex Systems Holism and Fuzzy Logic
Cases from the West Indies
Cultivating Sea Moss in St Lucia
Lessons from the Caribbean Cases
Challenges for Indigenous Knowledge
Toward a Unity of Mind and Nature
Web Links and Teaching Tips

Cree Fishing Practices as Adaptive Management
Climate Change and Indigenous Ways of Knowing

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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).