Conocimiento indígena: guía para el investigador

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Editorial Tecnológica de Costa Rica, 1999 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 123 pages
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This guidebook zeros in on what indigenous knowledge can contribute to a sustainable development strategy that accounts for the potential of the local environment and the experience and wisdom of the indigenous population. Through an extensive review of field examples as well as current theory and practice, it provides a succinct yet comprehensive review of indigenous knowledge research and assessment. Conocimiento indigena will contribute to the improved design, delivery, monitoring, and evaluation of any program of research and will appeal to both the seasoned development professional as well as the novice or student just beginning a research career.

Conocimiento indigena is the Spanish version of Working with Indigenous Knowledge. Experience has shown us that development efforts that ignore local technologies, local systems of knowledge, and the local environment generally fail to achieve their desired objectives. Examples abound of Western-lead teams of researchers failing to consult properly with indigenous populations, with the resulting "advancements" quickly proving to be unsustainable or, tragically, destructive. Thankfully, this trend is slowly changing. In the 1990s, indigenous knowledge has been fertile ground for research, and a wealth of information now exists on the topic. the information, however, is disparate and no truly comprehensive guide exists, until now.

This guidebook zeros in on what indigenous knowledge can contribute to a sustainable development strategy that accounts for the potential of the local environment and the experience and wisdom of the indigenous population. Through an extensive review of field examples as well as current theory and practice, it provides a succinct yet comprehensive review of indigenous knowledge research and assessment. Conocimiento indigena will contribute to the improved design, delivery, monitoring, and evaluation of any program of research and will appeal to both the seasoned development professional as well as the novice or student just beginning a research career.

Conocimiento indigena is the Spanish version of Working with Indigenous Knowledge.

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Louise Grenier provides research, advice and technical support on how to integrate traditional knowledge into the environmental assessment process to organizations such as UNESCO, the ING Coalition, and IDRC.

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