Weaving Indigenous and sustainability sciences to diversify our methods

  title={Weaving Indigenous and sustainability sciences to diversify our methods},
  author={Jay T. Johnson and Richard Howitt and Gregory A. Cajete and Fikret Berkes and Renee Pualani Louis and Andrew D. Kliskey},
  journal={Sustainability Science},
Indigenous and sustainability sciences have much to offer one another regarding the identification of techniques and methods for sustaining resilient landscapes. Based upon the literature, and our findings, it is evident that some Indigenous peoples have maintained distinct systematic, localized, and place-based environmental knowledge over extended time periods. These long-resident knowledge systems contain extensive information regarding not only how to maintain but also to steward biodiverse… 

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