When I was in school I did alot of research on my own, spending hours in the Library - even falling asleep at my desk!
Since coming back from the sky world after my accident, I knew our legends and knowledge was based in natural scientific knowledge.
this is what natives call 'natural law' as coming from the Creator. Our traditions are rooted in natural law.
The new sciences coming out, and those that like Pari Spolter share their observations beyond the mainstream, are observing nature as she reveals herself, as she was created in natural law by the Creator.
here is an article from Google Scholar about what science has come to call IK or Indigenous Knowledge.
Indigenous peoples with a historical continuity of resource - use practices often posses a broad knowledge base of the behavior of complex ecological systems in their own localities
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Indigenous peoples with a historical continuity of resource-use practices often possess a broad knowledge base of the behavior of complex ecological systems in their own localities. This knowledge has accumulated through a long series of observations transmitted from generation to generation. Such "diachronic" observations can be of great value and complement the "synchronic" observations on which western science is based.
Where indigenous peoples have depended, for long periods of time, on local environments for the provision of a variety of resources, they have developed a stake in conserving, and in some cases, enhancing, biodiversity.
They are aware that biological diversity is a crucial factor in generating the ecological services and natural resources on which they depend. Some indigenous groups manipulate the local landscape to augment its heterogeneity, and some have been found to be motivated to restore biodiversity in degraded landscapes.
Their practices for the conservation of biodiversity were grounded in a series of rules of thumb which are apparently arrived at through a trial and error process over a long historical time period. This implies that their knowledge base is indefinite and their implementation involves an intimate relationship with the belief system.
Such knowledge is difficult for western science to understand.
It is vital, however, that the value of the knowledge-practice-belief complex of indigenous peoples relating to conservation of biodiversity is fully recognized if ecosystems and biodiversity are to be managed sustainably.
Conserving this knowledge would be most appropriately accomplished through promoting the community-based resource-management systems of indigenous peoples.