Projects dealing with Indigenious Knowledge

Indigenous knowledge is local, mostly traditional knowledge covering medicine, agriculture, religion, rituals and many other spheres of every day life. It still plays a major role in many African countries today, is usually transmitted orally from one generation to the next and is therefore in danger of being forgotten. This section focuses on the exploration, research and recording of indigenous knowledge, and the improved access to it.
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    Elimu Asilia – a project of the National Museums of Kenya   english

    Elimu Asilia is a joint platform comprising the National Museum of Kenya and various population groups, and exists for the gathering, processing and spreading of indigenous knowledge.

    INDKNOW: Indigenous knowledge systems list   english

    INDKNOW is a mailing list on the subject of indigenous knowledge and traditional environmental knowledge. It presents publications, projects, ideas and questions by individuals and groups who aim at studying, evaluating and using indigenous systems of knowledge. In particular they want to contribute to the protection and improved utilisation of indigenous knowledge. The mailing list serves to promote the international Knowledge and Development Networks with more than 2,500 participants in 106 countries and the growing number of Indigenous Knowledge Resource Centres.

    Paul Weinberg's San collection   english

    Paul Weinberg’s photos depict the daily life of the San communities in Southern Africa realistically, in contrast to the mostly romanticised portrayals in popular movies and glossy coffee-table books.

    ULWAZI – sharing indigenous knowledge   english

    ULWAZI is an initiative organised by the public libraries in the metropolitan area of Durban (Ethekwini Municipality) to capture indigenous knowledge and make it accessible. The central library in Durban initiated this programme against the background that libraries should not only gather and provide knowledge recorded in writing but also knowledge passed on in the oral tradition. People from various parts of Durban and the rural communities in the outlying areas conduct interviews, transcribe them and edit the texts as well as audio-visual material for an interactive website – arranged clearly into the categories of environment, history and culture with additional sub-categories and many opportunities to conduct searches. The 89 public libraries in the Durban metropolitan area support gathering and publishing of content while at the same time they are also access points to available information.