Indigenous knowledge in post-Soviet Siberia and Central Asia

Indigenous knowledge, sometimes used interchangeably with the term "local knowledge," is defined by UNESCO as "the understandings, skills and philosophies developed by societies with long histories of interaction with their natural surroundings." This week we will be discussing the role of indigenous knowledge in sustaining communities and environments in post-Soviet Siberia and Central Asia.

Friday, April 25, 2014
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

We will discuss the following readings: 

1. Kassam, Karim-Aly. “Viewing Change Through the Prism of Indigenous Human Ecology: Findings from the Afghan and Tajik Pamirs.” Human Ecology 37, no. 6 (December 1, 2009): 677–90. doi:10.1007/s10745-009-9284-8. 

2. Takakura, Hiroki. “The Shift from Herding to Hunting among the Siberian Evenki: Indigenous Knowledge and Subsistence Change in Northwestern Yakutia.” Asian Ethnology 71, no. 1 (January 1, 2012): 31–47. 

3. Klubnikin, Kheryn, Cynthia Annett, Maria Cherkasova, Michail Shishin, and Irina Fotieva. “The Sacred and the Scientific: Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Siberian River Conservation.” Ecological Applications 10, no. 5 (October 1, 2000): 1296–1306. doi:10.1890/1051-0761(2000)010[1296:TSATST]2.0.CO;2. 

The Central Asia Workshop is an interdisciplinary discussion group sponsored by the UCLA Program on Central Asia. The goal of the workshop is to encourage research on Central Asia by creating a space where students, faculty, and affiliates can discuss research, theory and ideas with others who have experience or interest in the region. The workshop is a forum for exploring recent research and classical and contemporary theoretical perspectives that inform work in Central Asia. Weekly discussions are led by members on a rotating basis, and topics are determined by group interests.














Sponsor(s): Program on Central Asia