Acknowledgments: This article was originally presented at the symposium “Is There, Can There Be, such an Activity as World Humanities?” Simon Fraser University, January 27–28, 2012.
Traditional Knowledge and Humanities: A Perspective by a Blackfoot
Version of Record online: 29 NOV 2012
© 2012 Journal of Chinese Philosophy
Journal of Chinese Philosophy
Volume 39, Issue 4, pages 518–527, December 2012
How to Cite
Bear, L. L. (2012), Traditional Knowledge and Humanities: A Perspective by a Blackfoot. Journal of Chinese Philosophy, 39: 518–527. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-6253.2012.01742.x
- Issue online: 29 NOV 2012
- Version of Record online: 29 NOV 2012
Aboriginal peoples are forever explaining themselves to non-Aboriginal people: telling their stories, explaining their beliefs and ceremonies, and introducing ideas that have never crossed the non-Aboriginal mind. Western knowledge operates from a linear, singular view; it views the world from order beneath chaos; it is very noun oriented; knowledge is about oneself in relation to everything else in a relativistic sense. Aboriginal knowledge has a very different “coming to know.” It is holistic and cyclical; it views the world from chaos underneath order; its languages are process and action oriented. Knowledge is about participation in and with the natural world.