CA Climate Commons, CA Landscape Conservation Cooperative
Traditional Ecological Knowledge (or TEK) refers to the evolving knowledge acquired by indigenous and local peoples over hundreds or thousands of years through direct contact with the environment. This knowledge is specific to a location and includes the relationships between plants, animals, natural phenomena, and the landscape that are used for lifeways, such as hunting, fishing, trapping, agriculture, and forestry. TEK is an accumulating body of knowledge, practice, and belief, that encompasses the world view of indigenous people which includes ecology, spirituality, human and animal relationships, and more. TEK has become increasingly recognized as being valuable for natural resource management, including adaptation to climate change. Below is a set of resources that were compiled for an LCC training workshop on traditional ecological knowledge held in Sacramento, CA in September 2014. You may also learn more about the workshop in this article.
- Tribal history in California [Dr. Brendan Lindsay]
- TEK and the Policy Environment [Preston Hardison]
- Cross-walking of TEK and western science [Dr. Chuck Striplen]: Part 1 and Part 2
- Partnerships that advance effective resource and co-management research [Kenneth Holbrook & Matthew Leivas, Sr. & Ron Goode]
- Climate Change Impacts to Tribes [Dr. Karletta Chief]