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Using Narrative Stories to Understand Traditional Ecological Knowledge in the Great Basin

Date: December 6, 2017
Presenter(s): Tamara Wall
Description: In this webinar, Tamara Wall of the Desert Research Institute presented on a pilot project to gather Traditional Knowledge that will aid identifying adaptation strategies to increase resiliency to climate change in the Great Basin, an area already struggling with profound environmental challenges. This project uses a method of naïve interviewing with tribal youths to gather narrative “micro stories” from elders and key tribal members and then answering a series of carefully constructed questions that allow participants to apply context and meaning to their stories. This approach has several advantages including that it uses tribal members to gather the data and provides a link between the generations to raise awareness about environmental concerns and Traditional Knowledge. This presentation focuses on the challenges of working with culturally sensitive information and using Traditional Knowledge with western science in natural resource management and provides recommendations for using this approach in the future.
Topic(s): Fire & Traditional Knowledge
Ecosystem(s): None
Type: Webinar
NRFSN number: 16158
Record updated: Dec 13, 2017