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Indigenous knowledge can be defined as a set of perceptions, information and behaviors that guide local community members in terms of their use of natural resources. This knowledge is not static, but evolves in response to changing ecological, economic and sociopolitical circumstances, based on the creativity and innovation of community members and as a result of the influence of other cultures and outside technologies. Capturing, understanding and sharing the complexity of indigenous knowledge among rural communities is crucial to preserve and validate information that has been transmitted in the form of oral history through generations. Making use of state of the art technology, “Scientific Animations Without Borders” (SAWBO) proposes a new approach to capture, preserve and share this knowledge with the rest of the world. The SAWBO program uses short, one to three minute animations showing indigenous practices that have been validated with scientific knowledge. Such animations can be viewed on the Internet or with video capable cell-phones. We argue that this approach has the potential not only to keep indigenous knowledge alive but also to share this knowledge across geopolitical, cultural and linguistic boundaries.
|Keywords:||Scientific Animations Without Borders, Indigenous Knowledge, Low Literate Learners, Language Barriers|
Assistant Director, Illinois Strategic International Partnerships, Office of the Associate Provost for International Affairs, International Programs and Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, USA
Professor, Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Integrative Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, USA
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