Spring 2018

If Indigenous Peoples Stand with the Sciences, Will Scientists Stand with Us?

Megan Bang, Ananda Marin, and Douglas L. Medin

Indigenous sciences – based in relationships, reciprocity, and responsibilities – constitute distinct perspectives on and practices of knowledge creation and decision-making that not only have the right to be pursued on their own terms, but may also be vital in solving twenty-first-century challenges. “Science,” and Western science in particular, is often treated as if it were a single entity, free of cultural influences and value-neutral. Megan Bang, Ananda Marin, and Douglas Medin argue for engagement with multiple perspectives on science and share empirical examples of how Indigenous sciences, sometimes in partnership with Western science, have led to new discoveries and insights into human learning and development.

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