wade davis: the potential of traditional knowledge

Wade Davis, is Professor of Anthropology and the BC Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk at the University of British Columbia. Mr Davis is an award winning anthropologist, ethnobotanist, filmmaker and photographer. Formerly an Explorer-in Residence at the National Geographic in Washington DC, he is the bestselling author of several books including the CBC Massey Lectures The Wayfinders Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World, The Serpent and the Rainbow, Light at the Edge of the World, One River and the Clouded Leopard.

On September 19-21 2014, the Tłı̨chǫ Government, the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre and the Canadian Polar Commission hosted a multi-event symposium called Įłàà Katı̀ to advance the understanding and uses of Traditional Knowledge.

The symposium offered insights into the potential of traditional Aboriginal knowledge with presentations from a wide range of perspectives. The purpose of the symposium was to broaden the appreciation of TK’s relevance in contemporary society, including government and industry, furthering the reconciliation of TK and Western ways of knowing and building partnerships aimed at increasing the evidence-based application of traditional knowledge.

One key part of the symposium was TEDx Yellowknife, an independently organized TED event on traditional knowledge held at the Explorer Inn in Yellowknife.

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