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Traditional and Scientific Ecological Knowledge in the Pacific Coastal Temperate Rainforest

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Published on Jun 6, 2012

April 19, 2012 - Opening remarks by Michael Goldstein (Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center) and Bov Eav (USFS PNW Research Station) followed by presentations by Elaine Abraham (Tlingit Elder) and Gordon Orians (U. of Washington)

Session Abstract: Yakutat Tlingit people managed their resources based on Tlingit Law. The understanding for the rules for life is based upon the special connection with their ancestors' values and traditions. The laws governing the use of trees were a priority. The firewood that kept them warm, and cooked their food was a combination of the spirit of the fire as well as the wood, their shelter, and material to build canoes, tools, and clothing. This was all a gift of the tree. Trees and other plants were believed to have spirits and therefore were treated with care. Yakutat Tlingit were deeply tied to a place; they have co-evolved along with their environment for thousands of years.

This video is from a symposium in Juneau, Alaska from April 17-20, 2012 titled Coastal Temperate Rainforests: Integrating Science, Resource Management, and Communities. The Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center (ACRC) would like to thank all sponsors, speakers, and participants for making the symposium a success. Additional information about the symposium can be found on the ACRC website: http://acrc.alaska.edu/acrc_sw/sympos...

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