IGN 7-5 - Incorporating Native American traditional knowledge in managing a western scientific discipline

Thursday, August 11, 2016
316, Ft Lauderdale Convention Center
Michelle L. Stevens, Environmental Studies, California State University, Sacramento, CA
In this talk, I tie together my life experiences as a wetlands and restoration ecologist and person of Native descent (Nez Perce or Nimi’ipuu). It is very important to me to advocate for inclusion of cultural knowledge and traditional management in restoration ecology, conservation biology and land management. Over the years I have been able to incorporate traditional knowledge into my work with Native California basketweavers and eco-cultural restoration in Iraq, enabling me to be a meaningful gateway between traditional knowledge and western science. These relationships resulted in some of the most rewarding experiences of my life.