2018 Indigenous Knowledge Field Camp
The 2018 Indigenous Knowledge Field Camp (IKFC) took place from August 6 to 10. Five faculty and five graduate students representing the Alliance institutions participated. The IKFC was hosted and led by a team of faculty from the University of Idaho and University of Montana and was supported by Nez Perce Elders, scientists, and educators. The camp explored the connection between Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Western Science. The camp exposed participants to the rich history of Native tribes and the way they cared for and used their ancestral lands. Two Nez Perce elders spoke to the value of recognizing the importance of looking at science and discovery from a Native lens and urged both students and faculty to listen and learn from the stories of the indigenous people. Tribal scientists and educators presented on the way indigenous populations used language to and the importance of language to the understanding of place.
The 2019 IKFC is scheduled for August 5 – 9. Jerry McMurtry (McMurtry@uidaho.edu) is the contact.