chapter  2
Upsetting the sacred balance: can the study of indigenous knowledge reflect cosmic connectedness? DA RRELL POSEY
Can the study of indigenous knowledge reflect cosmic connectedness?
ByDarrell Posey
Pages 19

Anthropology is caught in an international policy and legal vacuum regarding protection of indigenous knowledge (IK) and traditional resources. Those who study indigenous knowledge must respond by overcoming the legacy of terra nullius and developing research programmes which respect the cosmic connectedness that permeates traditional knowledge and resource management systems. This chapter looks at some of the efforts to develop a new anthropology that leads in the creation and encouragement of genuine dialogue between those who would study, and those who hold, indigenous knowledge. It is this dialogue that will characterize and transform current studies of indigenous knowledge into a new interdisciplinary and intercultural science.