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Charles R. Menzies
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Traditional Ecological Knowledge -ANTH 461 / RMES 500Q [Old Version: not current]


Course Description

Anthropological approaches to the study of local ecological knowledge range from early 20th century notions of cultural ecology to current interests in political ecology. In this course students will explore concepts of eological anthropology via the medium of local ecological knowledge in hunting, gathering, and fishing communities. This is a seminar course in which the participation of students in class discussions, exercises, and group activities is expected.

Course Outline and Details

Document Bank and Additional Reading List

Research and Relationships

  • Menzies. "Putting Words into Action." Canadian Journal of Native Education.Vol. 28(1&2). 2004.
  • Menzies. "Reflections on Research with, for and among Indigenous Peoples." Canadian Journal of Native Education. Vol. 25:(1). 2001
  • Paul Nadasdy. The Gift in the Animal: Podcast


September 15, 2009 First Class

September 26, 2009 Burns Bog Field Trip. Field trip assignment

November 24 and December 1, 2009 Group Presentations

Student Work: Examples from 2007 Course

Group Questions Excercise

Term Papers, Examples

  • Non-Human Animals and Non-Human People, by J. Donune O'Coffey
  • Geographic Information Systems or Genuinely Incomplete Systems? by Megan Raschig
  • Salmon Farms and Salmon People, by Alanna Schroeder
  • Storytelling in comanagement relationships with First Nations, by Courtney Campbell
  • Among the Trees - Knowledge and Management of Non-Tomber Forest Products, by Susie Dain-Owens
  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge, by DeLisa Lewis

Additional Resources

Anthropology and Society. Podcasts of presentations made by Charles Menzies on a variety of topics. Some of the items may have relevance for the course. To access a podcast of available presentations copy this URL http://www.ecoknow.ca/podcast/rss.xml and paste it into your podcast software application or click here to select individual talks.




Last reviewed 23-August-2016

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Charles R. Menzies, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Department of Anthropology
University of British Columbia
6303 NW Marine Drive
Vancouver, BC. V6T 1Z1
tel 604-822-2240 | fax 604-822-6161 | e-mail cmenzies@interchange.ubc.ca