Native Science – Indigenous Knowledge
Dr. Cajete said in his book that, “Native Science, which is also referred to as Aboriginal Science and Indigenous Science, includes the “wide range of tribal processes of perceiving, thinking, acting, and ‘coming to know’ that have evolved through human experience with the natural world.” He went on the say, “It is one aspect of a broader body of Indigenous Knowledge and is characterized by the following traits:
Native Scientific Knowledge includes knowledge of the metaphysical (spiritual) world and reflects a Native view of nature as interconnected and interdependent.
Native Science – Indigenous Knowledge is rooted in local places and is often practiced to meet community needs for the long-term survival of a people.
Native Scientific Knowledge is derived through direct interaction with the natural world.
Native Science – Indigenous Knowledge assumes responsibility for maintaining harmonious relationships among people, nature, all life, and the spiritual realm.”
Native Science is the study and sense of place. It is connecting to the environment of the place in a holistic way. It is subjective and qualitative. It is sensing the energy of a place using dowsing to connect to the energy flows. It is reading the signs and listening to the elders whose knowledge of a place is of great value in the understanding of a sacred site or of the universe.
Don Hill interviewed Dr Leroy Little Bear, Blackfoot Indian, as they walked about Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park in Alberta, Canada in 2008. His article, published in Alberta Views, was titled Listening to Stones. In that article, Dr Little Bear shared his view of the spiritual connection to place. He told Don Hill that, “The native paradigm consists of several key things. One of them is constant motion or constant flux. The second part is everything consists of energy waves. In the Native world, the energy waves are really the spirit. And, it is the energy waves that know. It is not you who know, it is the energy waves that know. You know things because you we are also made up of energy waves. or a combination thereof.”