Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Traditional Arts & Women’s Lives

Christine F. Zinni (State University of New York, Brockport)

Folk arts courses in higher education that focus on expressive cultural practices related to the preservation and practice of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) are needed. Centered on the pedagogical practices of a course that revolves around Environmental Knowledge/Traditional Arts & Women’s lives course, it features video interviews with artists and examples of student learning. How is women’s sense of place and environmental knowledge manifest in their stories, storytelling, artwork and food related practices? What are some ways in which traditional ecological knowledge enhances scientific knowledge of local environments? Why is the preservation and transmission of ecological knowledge a human rights and environmental justice issue?

Part of 05-08 Foodways and the Negotiation of Roots, Rootlessness, and Uprooting, Friday, November 03, 10:30 am–12:30 pm