Indigenous Cultures Team Up to Apply Ancient Wisdom to Today’s World
Andrew Howley, National Geographic Explorers Journal, 1 August 2013

LONDON, UK: While many urbanized cultures turn almost exclusively to the modern world for direction and inspiration, and feel that the future will bring new answers to our existing problems, indigenous cultures especially in more natural surroundings are increasingly pulling from both the modern and the ancient worlds, seeing the “ancient world” not as something to move away from, but as something that continues to offer perennially useful examples, guidance, and solutions to problems. In northwestern Canada, the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council is combining ancient values and beliefs about humanity’s relationship with nature, with scientific techniques for the surveillance and analysis of the health of the area’s waterways. The ninth biennial summit of the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council was held from 2-4 August 2013 in Mayo, Yukon Territory, Canada, and served as an opportunity to learn about the diverse watershed, make important decisions about watershed protection, ensure continuing efforts to preserve and protect the Yukon River, and form a worldwide network of indigenous knowledge. Read the article … Visit the Summit website …

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