Learning from Indigenous Knowledge Holders on the State and Future of Wild Pacific Salmon
Author Andrea Reid dives into research methodologies for conducting research on unceded territory regarding culturally significant topics. This article outlines Andrea’s own research and calls to question research processes moving forward.
“Indigenous knowledge is often considered by researchers to be anecdotal or too subjective, and thus of less value than the evidence produced by western science. While western science emphasizes the collection of large scale, generalizable and numerical data to look for trends in some natural phenomena, Indigenous knowledge systems prioritize highly specific, place-based information that is passed down across generations, based on observations and lived experiences of changes and cycles in nature.
When Indigenous knowledge is used by researchers, it is often to fill in the gaps of western science, and has rarely been done on Indigenous terms. With this study, I looked exclusively to Indigenous knowledge keepers for answers, putting respectful protocol and process at the forefront of the research.”
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