Indigenous Science

Tapestry’s Indigenous Science Program was the primary impetus for the organization being founded in 1998.  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 these online learning resources:

A Brief History of Indigenous Science

The Range of Indigenous Science

The Processes of Indigenous Science

The Importance of Indigenous Science

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