My colleagues and I have been groping with the idea of Native Science.
One reason is our earnest attempt to legitimize American Indian perspectives–whether it’s science, story-telling, art or language.
Labels emerge: native science, local knowledge, ways-of-knowing, and more.
The problem with the label “science” is it instantly cleaves folks and two groups emerge: pro-science and anti-science.
At this week’s meeting in Washington DC with science communicators, my pal Doug Herman, a geographer at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, landed on one simple term: knowledge.
The landscape is about knowledge.
In our opinion that levels the playing field.
And rather than starting the conversation from a dichotomous perspective–rather than focussing on us versus them–let’s consider that communities possess knowledge systems, informed by a variety of experiences.
We all possess knowledge.