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Indigenous Knowledge

Notes from Sand Talk by Tyson Yunkaporta

”We wanted to find a pattern that was common to all different groups, a process that could be used by anyone to come to Indigenous Knowledge productively and without doing damage.

We had four questions:

What can we know?

What do we know?

How do we know it?

How do we work with that?

The answers we found were as follows:

What we can know is determined by our obligations and relationships to people, Ancestors, land, Law, and creation.

What we know is that the role of custodial species is to sustain creation, which is formed from complexity and connectedness.

The way we know this is through our cultural metaphors.

The way we work with this knowledge is by positioning, sharing, and adapting our cultural metaphors.”

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