Indigenous Science

The Indigenous Science Program began at the same time Tapestry was founded and was, in fact, the impetus for its founding.  This program includes projects that were funded by four separate grants from the National Science Foundation. Tapestry founder Dawn Hill Adams, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, is active in the American Indigenous Research Association and presents talks to various professional groups as part of fulfilling Tapestry’s mission in this area. While we have chosen to use the term “Indigenous Science” to include all Indigenous people from around the world, the term “Native Science” is also used to encompass the same concepts. Basically, Indigenous Science applies processes of Indigenous Knowledge to research in the social and natural sciences. What sorts of information this encompasses — whether it’s fairly Western academic knowledge, a full range of different ways of knowing and the understandings and actions they generate, or something in between — depends on a particular person’s view of Indigenous Science. There’s more than one way to see this subject, as will be seen by exploring the online learning resources about Indigenous Science listed below.

We conduct educational workshops, present public lectures and talks, and publish educational materials about science from an Indigenous perspective, the relationship between Western and Indigenous science, and the processes and principles of Indigenous science and how they can be applied to develop innovative programs of research and education.

dawn at lectern

Dawn making a keynote presentation at the American Indigenous Research Association meeting at Salish Kootenai College in 2013.

Current Projects. The IKhana Fund will support projects in Indigenous Science, as well as other projects that facilitate the responsible acquisition and use of new Indigenous Knowledge that helps people adapt to changing environments.

Past Projects have included the “Stories from the Circle: Science and Native Wisdom” workshop in 2002, pre-production for an Indigenous Science film, the Digital Library of Indigenous Science Resources, and involvement with AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science).