Special Opportunities for Conserving Cultural and Biological Diversity: The Co-occurrence of Indigenous Languages and UNESCO Natural World Heritage Sites

Chang, Michael, Kennard, Haley and Nelson, Laura (2019) Special Opportunities for Conserving Cultural and Biological Diversity: The Co-occurrence of Indigenous Languages and UNESCO Natural World Heritage Sites. In: 2018 US/ICOMOS Symposium "Forward Together: A Culture-Nature Journey Towards More Effective Conservation in a Changing World", November 13-14, 2018, San Francisco, California. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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Abstract (in English)

PART 3. ENHANCING RESILIENCE, ADAPTATION AND SUSTAINABILITY - Harnessing Traditional Knowledge to Meet the Challenge of Climate Change /// Since time immemorial, Qʷidiččaʔa·tx̌, or the Makah Tribe, have lived on the Northwest Olympic Peninsula in what is currently Washington State. Climate change has already impacted the Makah Tribe and will continue to do so in the future. Our history, archaeological archives, stories, and knowledge have proven that the Makah Tribe has an extensive history of adapting to changing climates. Traditional, cultural, and Indigenous knowledges can play an important role in climate adaptation planning, and for Tribes and Indigenous peoples, it can be a crucial component in ensuring that planning strategies and outcomes are culturally-appropriate and aligned with community values. The Makah Climate Change Workgroup, an internal workgroup of the Makah Tribe, has begun a Makah Traditional Knowledge and Cultural Resource Assessment to complement and inform our Makah Climate Impacts Assessment and Makah Climate Adaptation Plan. In this paper, we outline our preliminary framework demonstrating how Tribes and Indigenous groups can utilize Traditional and Indigenous knowledges within their own planning processes in the following ways: 1) provide historical baselines and fill in gaps in monitoring data; 2) identify cultural resources that are vulnerable to future climate change; 3) identify potential climate adaptation and mitigation strategies; and 4) to engage the community on climate change impacts.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Chang, Michael
Kennard, Haley
Nelson, Laura
Languages: English
Keywords: indigenous people; indigenous cultures; climate change; climate impact assessment; community participation; traditional knowledge; intangible heritage; nature culture integration; sustainable development; customs and traditions; ethnological aspects; community-based management; USA
Subjects: E. CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 07. Management
G. DETERIORATION > 03. Climate change
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 17. Intangible cultural heritage
J. HERITAGE ECONOMICS > 05. Heritage and sustainable development
N. ANTHROPOLOGY > 03. Ethnology
O. INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
O. INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 06. Knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Makah Tribe, USA
National Committee: United States of America
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2018 US/ICOMOS Symposium
Depositing User: ICOMOS DocCentre
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2020 11:33
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2020 11:33
URI: https://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/2305

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