Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Capturing Indigenous knowledge in a 21st century learning environment

As I begin to think about what my research topic will be I come back to my interest in intellectual property and indigenous knowledge in a digital environment. How do cultures that are primarily oral take old knowledge and preserve it for future generations. This group of students may show one way of doing this:


  1. There is a dire need for educational research on "intellectual property" of indigenous knowledge.

    To be candid, copyright and intellectual property is a "western" concept with little understanding of the traditions or protocols of the notions of "ownership" of indigenous knowledge. Given my own interests in Creative Commons, OERs and sharing of knowledge freely - I would welcome a research study on how digital technology impacts on concepts of "ownership" of cultural and indigenous knowledge.

    1. There is an added complexity here in the way traditional knowledge was transmitted-specialised knowledge was not for everyone. The whare wananga's function was to preserve and transmit that specialised knowledge to a few.
      I am currently working with Brad Haami and it seems from his work that the same principles applied to typically European-ie book knowledge. This type of knowledge was seen as the preserve of the elders and may go some way to explain the decline in literacy among Maori post 1840.