Thornton, Thomas and Bhagwat, Shonil (2021). Introduction. In: Thornton, Thomas and Bhagwat, Shonil eds. The Routledge Handbook of Indigenous Environmental Knowledge. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 1–19.



This chapter introduces the diversity of Indigenous Knowledge and explores the literature on environmental knowledge building on a wide range of geographies. The chapter critically examines the “integration” of diverse knowledge systems, particularly the tensions between “scientific” vs Indigenous Knowledge systems. The chapter suggests that extractive models of Indigenous Knowledge are viewed increasingly as a form of neocolonialism which ultimately erodes the values of trust and reciprocity required for conducting collaborative scientific work with Indigenous Peoples. The chapter summarizes all contributions to this volume which, collectively, makes a strong case for the potential of Indigenous Knowledge in addressing today’s global challenges.

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