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WAB Learns

Theory of Knowledge: Knowledge and Indigenous Societies

resources for TOK at WAB

Key Concepts

Should we try to define or identify indigenous societies?  What can developed societies learn from them?

Is the process of producing, applying and sharing indigenous knowledge similar to or different from other systems?

Is it possible to "own" knowledge?  Is cultural appropriation a violation of collective intellectual property rights?

Things that make you go hmmm....

Do we have a responsibility to preserve indigenous cultures?  What are the advantages and risks of assimilation?

What is the role of folklore, rituals and songs in acquiring and sharing knowledge

Are there advantages to holistic knowledge?  Disadvantages?

How reliable are oral traditions in preserving knowledge in indigenous societies?

What makes representation valid and reliable?  How does representation affect what we know about indigenous knowledge?