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Integrating Traditional Knowledge and Science

Over the course of the last several years there has been lots of discussion about the fit between traditional Native knowledge and Western science. Opinions expressed have run all the way from "they are mutually exclusive systems" to "they are equivalent systems" and everywhere in between. We believe such disagreement and even polarity results from the human tendency to view things from your own spot in the world, and that thoughtful consideration of these two knowledge systems reveals much common ground (see diagram).1

To read more of this discussion see the Handbook for Culturally Reponsive Science Curriculum p. 11

Venn Diagram comparing native knowledge, western science, and common groundD

1. Stephens, S.(2000) Handbook for Culturally Responsive Science Curriculum, Alaska Rural Systemic Initiative, p. 7

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