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Anderson and Nuttall - Chapter 06

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Buy and Download Description This chapter compares the knowledge of Inuvialuit and that of biologists about how muskoxen and caribou relate to one another. I focus upon one contrasting assumption: the assumption on the part of biologists that the two species are discrete, as opposed to that of Inuvialuit of the patterns of interrelation and avoidance between the two. This debate takes place in the context of one of the most dramatic and puzzling environmental shifts (some would say disaster) in the circumpolar North: the abandonment of Banks Island by Peary caribou in the years following a massive increase of muskoxen. I conclude in this chapter that indigenous knowledge provides us not only with hints as to the rich behaviour of Arctic mammals, but also with wisdom on how to arrange wildlife so as to suit local needs. In this case, Inuvialuit speak in polite admonishment of the policies of wildlife agencies, which made muskox increase without taking into account the Inuvialuit knowledge that this would only lead to emptying the land of caribou. In this chapter the application of knowledge of animals implies certain choices of what the landscape will look like, which is in the end a political issue. This chapter compares the knowledge of Inuvialuit and that of biologists about how muskoxen and caribou relate to one another. I focus upon one contrasting assumption: the assumption on the part of biologists that the two species are discrete, as
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