- Hunters and Bureaucrats, by Paul Nadasdy, pages 1-146
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Here are some issues to consider for our discussion of the first section of Paul Nadasdy's book "Hunters and Bureaucrats"
- What does Nadasdy mean that TEK is not really knowledge, but a way of life? What do you think of when you hear the term "knowledge"?
- Nadasdy is very skeptical about the possibility of integrating TEK and science. Is such an integration possible? How might it be done in a way that doesn't leave some parties feeling dissatisfied with the process, as the Ruby Range Sheep Steering Committee seems to have done.
- At one point, KFN members suggested biologists spend a year or so "in the bush" learning about Dall Sheep from an indigenous perspective. Would that have resolved any of the issues that Nadasdy discussed?
- On page 98 Nadasdy brings up the idea of "non-sentential" knowledge, which cannot be expressed in the linear forms demanded by language. What point is he trying to make? Is this useful in understanding an Indigenous perspective?