The Medicine Wheel built by Indigenous people acknowledges that ecosystems experience unpredictable recurring cycles and that people and the environment are interconnected. The Western science knowledge framework is incomplete unless localized intergenerational knowledge is respected and becomes part of the problem-definition and solution process. The goal of this book is to lay the context for how to connect Western science and Indigenous knowledge frameworks to form a holistic and ethical decision process for the environment. What is different about this book is that it not only describes the problems inherent to each knowledge framework but also offers new insights for how to connect culture and art to science knowledge frameworks. Read this book and learn how you can move beyond stereotypes to connect with nature.
“All of us in public natural resource management can benefit from the depth of contemporary and historical insight present in the essays collected in The Medicine Wheel. Filled with context, inspiration, and deep ways of thinking about the connections between people and the landscape, this is a volume you will want to consult time and again, and to share with your peers. Keep it close.”
—DOUG DECKER, former Oregon State Forester Director, Executive Seminar in Natural Resources Leadership, Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University