Using geographic information systems to link ecological databases with Blackfoot traditional environmental knowledge

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Fox, Paulette Margaret
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Geography, 2005
Contemporary science has a minimal temporal experience with regional ecology. A linkage with Blackfoot/Blackfcct traditional environmental knowledge and information provides a unique perspective for notions of sustainability. This thesis explored the cultural contexts of two ways of perceiving the surroundings in the context of environmental science. Using GIS (Geographic Information Systems) to link ecological databases and Blackfoot environmental knowledge must be executed with caution. Before linkages could be established, common ground and residual barriers were identified. As a pilot analysis, Blackfoot significant sites were linked to Eco-region polygons. It is the association to water, weather and/or climate that suggests a significant link between paradigms. Missing linkages provide a basis for dialogue and future research considerations.
x, 151 leaves : maps ; 29 cm
Geographic information systems -- Canada , Traditional ecological knowledge -- Canada , Siksika -- Canada -- Land tenure , Ethnoscience -- Canada , Ecology -- Databases , Dissertations, Academic