The New York Times
July 10, 2021
In Indigenous knowledge, innovative solutions
Rachel Cernansky, the sustainability editor at Vogue Business, writes that Western-trained researchers and governments are increasingly recognizing the wealth of knowledge that Indigenous communities have amassed to coexist with and protect their environments over hundreds or even thousands of years. Indigenous scholars warn, though, that while traditional knowledge can be used to benefit the world, it can also be mishandled or exploited. Dominique David Chavez, a descendant of the Arawak Taíno in the Caribbean, and a research fellow at the Native Nations Institute at the University of Arizona and the National Science Foundation, says that, as Western scientists, "we are trained to go into communities, get that knowledge and go back to our institutions and disseminate it in academic journals."