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Indilinga African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems - Volume 4, Issue 2, 2005
Volume 4, Issue 2, 2005
Author Jose P. CastianoSource: Indilinga African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems 4, pp V –VII (2005)More Less
Extracted from text ... v FOREWORD CAN INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE PROVIDE SOLUTIONS TO CURRENT PROBLEMS? Prof Jos? P Castiano Universidade Pedagogica, Maputo, Mozambique firstname.lastname@example.org One of the big challenges - if not the most important one - is to make indigenous knowledge systems (IKS) more responsible for finding solutions to the problems facing modern Africa and the world as a whole. Indeed, most indigenous knowledge has been perceived in the near past, even among some intellectuals, as marginal and only suitable for traditional societies. It has therefore been considered to be unable to offer an epistemological basis for solutions to the political, economic, social and ..
Protection and preservation of expressions of indigenous culture - a perspective from Papua New GuineaAuthor Lawrence KalinoeSource: Indilinga African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems 4, pp 401 –413 (2005)More Less
The paper argues that the search for a suitable regulatory regime for expressions of indigenous culture and traditional knowledge in Papua New Guinea, and perhaps internationally, can be significantly enhanced if we separate and streamline the issues and the accompanying language, which are on the one hand a regime for the preservation of culture, and on the other, intellectual property rights (IPR). In Papua New Guinea, the National Cultural Commission should therefore be encouraged to focus its attention on the preservation of culture, but be vigilant to any dangers that IPR may pose for such preservation.
Aspects of indigenous knowledge and protection in small-scale farming systems : a challenge for advancementSource: Indilinga African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems 4, pp 414 –428 (2005)More Less
The paper presents the results of a research project undertaken in the Magatle community, Capricorn district, Limpopo province during 2003 / 2004, which explored local farmers' perceptions and understanding of indigenous farming, and the way in which their knowledge can be protected. The main aim of the study was to identify key aspects of IK and protection in such a way that they can be used to guide farmer-based research and training activities. The ultimate objective is to promote the use of IK to conserve agricultural resources and intensify production in Magatle and Madisha Leolo villages. The study adopted a systems approach, and qualitative data were collected. Although farming activities may seem to be determined solely by the physical properties of fields, the findings indicate that the farming practices are shaped by historical processes and local cultural values, and that the management strategies adopted by farmers are influenced by a broad range of factors. Understanding the reasoning behind indigenous farming strategies practised by farmers requires an open mind in recognizing and taking into account certain subjective and cultural factors.
Availability and traditional practice with respect to fodder trees and shrubs in the floodplain areas of BangladeshSource: Indilinga African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems 4, pp 429 –448 (2005)More Less
The paper reports a study that provided important information from farmers of the floodplain area of Bangladesh for setting research and development priorities with respect to indigenous and exotic fodder trees. Indigenous knowledge of fodder trees from the floodplain area may be an important tool in planning nutrition for livestock management, particularly for setting priorities in times of crisis. Policy-makers, livestock professionals and foresters could use this knowledge to develop the livestock resources of Bangladesh.
Quarrying African indigenous political thought on governance : a case study of the Ndebele state in the 19th centuryAuthor Sabelo J. Ndlovu-GatsheniSource: Indilinga African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems 4, pp 449 –470 (2005)More Less
African indigenous political thought on governance and human rights has remained victim to mythology, Western stereotyping, colonization as well as African romanticization. The net effect has been that African styles of governance have either been stigmatized and reduced to a long night of savagery and violence or celebrated as a golden age of freedom and equality. The reality lies somewhere between these two erroneous views. This article re-examines the debate on governance in Africa by means of a case study of the Ndebele state. Of special interest in this study is the kind of governance style that the Ndebele constructed, the values that underpinned it, how it was operated and articulated, as well as the general political ideology of the Ndebele in the 19<SUP>th</SUP> century.
Author Tim ClackSource: Indilinga African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems 4, pp 471 –482 (2005)More Less
Christianity has recently been implicated in the dissolution of the traditional African identity. These assertions potentially establish a reverse discourse that undervalues and peripheralizes the contemporaneous African identity. Furthermore, such postulation fails to appreciate other catalysts of cultural change. The discourses of Christianity and colonialism were not, as is popularly assumed, oppressing in the absence of cultural, economic and material resistance and integrative agency. Traditionality and Christianity are dialectically related, with each system effecting performative change upon the other. Christianity has been Africanized. Christianity has been made morally, environmentally and culturally intelligible. This paper will demonstrate the proactive participatory systems and actors involved in the indigenization of Christianity through case study material gathered during recent oral historic and ethnographic research conducted in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.