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What is Indigenous Knowledge?

"For the vast numbers of indigenous peoples from North America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Asia, Oceania, and parts of Europe, indigenous knowledge is a lived world form of reason that informs, and sustains people who make their homes in a local area. In such a context, such peoples have produced knowledges, epistemologies, ontologies, and cosmologies that construct ways of being and seeing in relation to their physical surroundings. Such knowledges involve insights into plant and animal life, cultural dynamics, and historical information used to provide acumen in dealing with the challenges of comtemporary existence."

Kincheloe, J., & Steinberg, S. (2008). Indigenous knowledges in education. In N. Denzin, L. Smith, & Y. Lincoln (Eds.), Handbook of critical and indigenous methodologies. Thousand Oaks: Sage, p. 136