The Value of Traditional Ecological Knowledge for the Environmental Health Sciences and Biomedical Research

Type
Literature
Publication
Finn, Symma, et al. “The Value of Traditional Ecological Knowledge for the Environmental Health Sciences and Biomedical Research.” Environmental Health Perspectives, vol. 125, no. 8, Aug. 2017, doi:10.1289/ehp858.
Year Published
2017
Organization
Environmental Health Prospectives
Description

Traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) refers to a subset of indigenous knowledge, preserved though oral tradition and through cultural expressions such as arts, crafts, and ceremonies and the cultivation, collection, and preparation of traditional foods. The preservation of this knowledge is increasingly threatened by the loss of indigenous languages worldwide, which affects not only the transmission of TEK through narratives, storytelling, and song but also the understanding of the meaning and significance of other forms of cultural expression.