Indigenous Ecologies

Indigenous cultures have diverse ways of understanding and engaging in the world that are often distinct from Western Science. These knowledge systems—often termed Indigenous Ecological Knowledge (IEK), Local Ecological Knowledge, or Traditional Ecological Knowledge—emerge from long-term embeddedness within particular places and culturally-specific understanding of the natural world and the place of humans within it. Drawing on case studies from Indigenous North and South America, this course introduces students to a diversity of Indigenous Ecological Knowledge systems. Throughout the course, we examine IEK as both distinct from and complementary to Western Science.

Topics include:

  • ecological restoration
  • natural resource management
  • responses to climate change
  • food sovereignty
  • collaboration between Indigenous communities and Western scientists.

Course Details:

ANTH 350 | ENVS 350 | GEOG 350

Tuesday/Thursday 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

This course is cross-listed in Anthropology, Environmental Studies/Science, and Geography. Please do not hesitate to email requesting an override if you would like to register but see that the course is full for your desired designation.

Who is this course for?

Anyone interested in deepening their cross-cultural understanding of interactions between humans and the environment. There are no prerequisits for this course.