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Inuit Traditional Ecological Knowledge

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By Laurie Milne in the group AU Anthropology Interest Group November 26, 2015 - 4:21pm

Students enrolled in Anth 272: Introduction to Archaeology and Anth 362: Aboriginal Cultures of North America may find  a recent article  in the journal Arctic (Vol. 68 No. 2, June 2015) of interest.

In Inuit Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), Subsistence Hunting and Adaptation to Climate Change in the Canadian Arctic, Tristan Pearce, James Ford, Ashlee Cunsolo Willox and Barry Smit suggest that TEK provides  competency in subsistence activities  through three processes: flexibility with regard to seasonal cycles of hunting and resource use; hazard avoidance through detailed knowledge of the environment and understanding of ecosystem processes; and emergency preparedness in knowing what supplies to take when traveling and how to respond in emergency situations.  They reinforce the idea that rapid global climate change is the new reality and that TEK  as a reservoir of accumulated knowledge  increases the adaptive capacity of Inuit living in the Canadian Arctic to respond to climate risks and it reduces vulnerability.

http://arctic.journalhosting.ucalgary.ca/arctic/index.php/arctic/article/view/4475

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AU Anthropology Interest Group

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A group for those interested in socio-cultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, and linguistic anthropology