What is Indigenous Science? Over many generations, Indigenous peoples developed and passed on important knowledge about ecosystems, agriculture, weather, medicine and more. That body of knowledge, sometimes called Indigenous Science, was essential for thriving communities and healthy environments, and it remains important today. In many parts of the world, Indigenous peoples continue to rely on their own scientific systems, adapting them to the present and passing them on to future generations. Here in the United States, many Native American communities continue to use Indigenous Science to sustain food and water supplies, to limit exposure to natural hazards such as wildfire, and more. This café will highlight examples of Indigenous Science and explore what these knowledge systems teach us about environmental management, sustainability, and life in a rapidly changing world.
About our speaker
Dr. Ryan Emanuel is an environmental scientist and community-engaged scholar who leads the Ecohydrology and Watershed Science Lab at NC State. He works with Native American Tribes and other communities in North Carolina to study environmental change through the perspective of environmental justice and Indigenous rights. His work helps communities, decision-makers, and other scientists to understand the impacts of climate change on water, ecosystems and people. His work also helps to amplify voices of Indigenous peoples and other marginalized communities who shoulder disproportionate environmental burdens.