“Indian Time”: Characterizing Tribal Understandings of Time and Seasonality in the Context of Climate Change

“Indian Time”: Characterizing Tribal Understandings of Time and Seasonality in the Context of Climate Change

News Type: State, Regional, Federal Source: USGS Climate Adaption Science Centers
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Western climate science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) represent complementary and overlapping views of the causes and consequences of change. In particular, observations of changes in the natural world, such as in the abundance and distribution of plants and wildlife, can provide valuable information that otherwise might not be readily available through western science observations. TEK can serve as data that are useful for scientific research, for describing the impacts of climate change, or for adaptation insights that could potentially support community-level planning efforts.

In a new paper published in the journal Ecological Processes, Northwest CASC-funded researchers explore how Western climate science and TEK relate to time and seasonality in the context of climate change, to identify how these forms of knowledge are complementary and how they differ.