Native Science: Natural Laws of Interdependence by Gregory Cajete

By Gregory Cajete

In local technological know-how, Gregory Cajete "tells the tale" of Indigenous technological know-how as a fashion of knowing, experiencing, and feeling the flora and fauna. He issues to parallels and changes among the Indigenous technological know-how and Western technological know-how paradigms, with exact emphasis on environmental/ecological experiences. After discussing philosophical foundations, Cajete addresses such subject matters as heritage and delusion, primal parts, social ecology, animals in fable and fact, crops and human healthiness, and cosmology and astronomy.

In the Indigenous view, we human observers are by no means break free the area and its creatures and forces. simply because all creatures and forces are similar and therefore endure accountability to and for each other, all are co-creators. 5 centuries in the past Europeans arrived at the American continent, yet they didn't hearken to the folks who had lived for millennia in religious and actual concord with this land. In a time of worldwide environmental degradation, the technological know-how and worldview of the continent's First Peoples provide views that may aid us paintings towards strategies.

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Is like a tree. Out of the roots of eco-cosmology grow the trunk and branches of eco-philosophy. . The tree is crowned with ecological consciousness, which in subtle ways feeds back into its roots. " Skolimowski was one of the first to articulate an eco-philosophy for the transformation of thought needed for a new ecological consciousness. In his 1981 study, Eco philosophy: Designing New Tactics for Living, he states that because current political systems threaten to rob us of our highest values and because the current basis for action is no longer deeply rooted in life-serving purposes or reverence for nature, we need a new philosophy to inform and guide us.

Balance with the qualities of the other three directions (Nelson 1994:18). PHILOSOPHY OF NATIVE SCIENCE 77 The following could be described as foundational premises or realities of the Native worldview, and consequently, of Native science as well. Natural democracy must prevail. The Earth is alive and nurtures all things of her body and all have intelligence and a right to exist. " Democracy, or the concept that all are equal and have a say in how their lives will be lived or affected, is a principle of social ecology.

The ambiguity, conflict, and tension that we are now experiencing at all levels of modern life are reflections of our inability to come to terms with an essentially dysfunctional cosmology, a cosmology that can no longer sustain us at any level. Although there are different stories from the people who gave moderns the current dominant cosmology, all espouse essentially the same root paradigm. God was seen to live outside the universe, transcendent and greater than the universe, while also having dominion over the universe and all inhabitants.

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