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Indigenous Peoples of the Arctic Countries websitePolar research involves knowledge gathering and information integration from many sources. In the Polar Regions, Traditional Knowledge (TK) plays a central and important role. The notion and definition of traditional knowledge varies across geography, disciplines, and peoples, however, is becoming increasingly recognized as valuable information and knowledge in the area of polar science in particular. Discussions pertaining to traditional knowledge also relate to local knowledge, indigenous knowledge or traditional ecological knowledge.

Traditional Knowledge has many definitions, however the core definition is well described by an elder fromjpg Tuktoyaktuk in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region: Traditional Knowledge is the pride in knowing your culture and knowing how to survive in your surroundings. Traditional Knowledge is a rich knowledge base, it is knowledge gained from the experience of living on the land and knowledge passed down by ancestors, and it takes a holistic approach to understanding the environment. As science often takes a reductionist approach to understanding the environment, using Traditional Knowledge and scientific knowledge together creates a more in-depth understanding of ecosystems or species of study.

These pages summarize the different areas of Traditional Knowledge and provide the reader with various resources and opportunities to learn about the important discussions amongst traditional knowledge holders and experts in this area. Map Source: Arctic Council.

This page was put together by Jennie Knopp, Yulia Zaika and Laura Fleming-Sharp.

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Please also see the subpages of this topic for more information on:
Connecting Researchers and Communities
Traditional knowledge in your research
Maps of indigenous people in the Arctic

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