The Medicine Wheel

The Medicine Wheel

Environmental Decision-Making Process of Indigenous Peoples

by Michael E. Marchand , Kristiina A. Vogt , Rodney Cawston , John D Tovey , John McCoy , Nancy Maryboy , Calvin T Mukumoto , Daniel J Vogt and Melody Starya Mobley

Published by: Michigan State University Press

472 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in

  • ISBN: 9781611863581
  • Published: March 2020

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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.