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Traditional Ecological Knowledge

"Traditional Ecological Knowledge is a cumulative body of knowledge and beliefs, handed down through generations by cultural transmission, about the relationship of living beings (including humans) with one another and with their environment...." - Fikret Berkes

Traditional landscape fosters diversity and sustainability; supports edible and medicinal plants; and creates an environment that encourages spiritual involvement. By blending traditional ecological knowledge with a scientific approach, BIA fuels managers are working alongside tribes to restore natural resources and culturally familiar landscapes.

While more modern technology and tools have their place, indigenous ecological knowledge is aggressively being reintroduced by tribal elders and community members to help teach and better understand the historic relationship between fire, the environment, and people. Through traditional stories told and performed by tribal elders, fire is being returned to a respected place in land management.

Braids of Truth

"Braids of Truth," published on June 19, 2014 is an exploration of Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Climate Change and Collaboration Challenges. Special thanks to Frank Tyro and others at the Salish Kootenai College who did a great job developing this series.

A short introduction to the 3-part series "Braids of Truth" an exploration of Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Climate Change and Collaboration Challenges.

Part 1 - Elders and forest professionals discuss the traditional and contemporary uses of fire and challenges to forest management practices.

Part 2 -Elders, scientists and cultural leaders discuss the effects of climate change on the earth, culture and peoples and the differences between western science and traditional ecological principles.

Part 3 - How can agencies, institutions and tribal cultures communicate about issues that relate to ecology and lifeways when the terms can mean different things? Is it learning how to talk or how to listen?

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