Indigenous Knowledge

DEFINITION
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Yurok, Ngāti Porou, Te Aupōuri Organizer

It’s important to recognize the term “Indigenous” is generalized in this movement. Everyone has a different relationship with the term, including my relatives outside of Turtle Island. My definition centers a California Native and Māori perspective.

Our knowledge encompasses the ways we relate ourselves to the world, and focuses on maintaining the physical and spiritual harmony between all things. In the context of the climate crisis, Indigenous people are stewards of the land.

We understand the peoples’ wellbeing is intrinsically linked to the land’s wellbeing, Harmony within the Earth and its living beings does not come from extractive and exploitation processes. Our knowledge is the key to understanding how human’s current relationship to the land is different to what our relationship needs to look like. Indigenous knowledge is our blueprint for decolonizing.

Indigenous Knowledge Pamela EA Climate Words

Big Wind Carpenter, a Northern Arapaho Tribal Member, Queer Indigenous Organizer, Artist, and Activist, participates in the United Nations Climate Conference COP 28 as part of the Wisdom Keepers Delegation. Dubai, UAE, 2023.
Photography By Pamela EA