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Category Archives: Traditional Knowledge

New Moose Hunting Regulations in Northwest BC

Update: has picked up the story: Province shortens hunting season following Tahltan blockades. And, now has a discussion board related to the topic of new hunting regulations in the Klappan. Original Post: On the heels of last fall’s Tahltan aboriginal protests of the open moose hunt in the Klappan and elsewhere in northwestern […]

Sea-to-sky Cultural Tour: Audio Edition

As you know, I am a huge fan of the new Skwxwū7mesh (Squamish) and/or Liĺwat7ul (Lilwat) Cultural Tour up the Sea-to-sky Highway. I’ve blogged previously about the tour and the Skwxwū7mesh Liĺwat7ul Cultural Centre in Whistler. I now see on the SLCC website an audio accompaniment to the drive up the highway. The downloadable zip […]

Sea-to-Sky Cultural Journey

“The highway signs look official and authentic and, as such, present the Skwxwū7mesh (Squamish) and/or Liĺwat7ul (Lilwat) languages on equal footing with English all along the route.” Inspired by Quentin Mackie’s recent blog post, rave reviews from friends of the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, and several recent drives to Whistler, I set out to explore […]

Forests for the Future: Local Ecological Knowledge Project Videos

UBC Anthropology Prof Charles Menzies has posted four short videos on the Forests for the Future website. The videos are shot in the Gitxaała community (Tsimshian) on the British Columbia north coast. From the website: … from 2007 to 2009 one of our research objectives involved the development of social indicators to assist in sustainable […]

Widdowson and Howard Excerpt in Toronto Star

Celebrating the Donner prize nominees, the Toronto Star has published a short excerpt (maybe a series of consolidations?) of Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry by Widdowson and Howard. (I have discussed this book on the blog before. Albert Howard weighed in.) Phil Fontaine responds: The Donner Prize is supposed to reward “excellence and innovation in Canadian […]

‘Finding Our Talk’ Season 3 on APTN

Aboriginal Peoples’ Television Network (APTN) will begin airing Finding Our Talk Season 3 on April 1, 2009. From the release: Finding Our Talk 3 is a continuing documentary series of 13 half hour episodes produced by Mushkeg Media Inc. that looks at the state of Aboriginal languages both within Canada and the boarder indigenous world. […]

Excerpt of Widdowson and Howard in the National Post

If you’ve been wondering what the fuss around Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry is all about, the National Post has published an excerpt. Its focus: traditional knowledge. (As always, the comments are as interesting as the article.) Oh, and an Australian ejournal of ‘social and political debate’ is arguing about the book too. Sphere: Related Content

“A Proposal for Taiaiake Alfred: Stop Believing and Start Thinking”

Albert Howard and Frances Widdowson offer a lengthy critique of Taiaiake Alfred’s review of their book Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry. The critique is embedded in the comments section of a previous post here on Fieldnotes. The first paragraph reads as follows: Taiaiake Alfred has a right to his opinion about our book, and we would […]

Science and TEK Clash Over Polar Bears

The Associated Press offers up another article about science and traditional knowledge. In this case, Inuit traditional knowledge says that polar bears are not in decline in the Canadian arctic. Science says they are. From the article: While scientists warned vanishing sea ice and over-hunting means two-thirds of the iconic predators could be gone within […]

Reviews of Widdowson and Howard’s “Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry”

I don’t have time to formulate my own review right now … suffice it to say I have appreciated the frankness of Widdowson and Howard’s Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry. The questions they ask about aboriginal poverty, its reasons and solutions to it should be asked — even if (especially if) they generate widely disparate answers. […]