Aleut Leadership & Knowledge

Lead Author Liza, Mack
Institution Contact University of Alaska Fairbanks & Aleut International Association 2121 E. 75th Unit 3 Anchorage, Alaska 99507
Theme Theme 3: Local and Traditional Knowledge
Session Name 3.2 Local and traditional knowledge in supporting business and community development in indigenous regions of the North
Datetime Thu, Sep 15, 2016 01:00 PM - 01:15 PM
Presentation Type Oral
Abstract text I will be presenting preliminary results of my dissertation research that focuses on the leadership of the Unangan people in the Eastern Aleutians and how natural resource management is learned about and understood. This research is interdisciplinary in nature. It looks at leadership, traditional knowledge, subsistence practices and culture. Adaptation and change are often talked about in the sense of natural connection to the land, sea and air; this paper takes those ideas a step further by also discussing the politics and the social capital needed in order to participate at the multiple levels of governance that facilitate those relationships with the natural environment. This research will contribute to the discourse about the ways traditional knowledge plays a role in leadership positions outside of the villages and in roles of governance within our Native communities. Further, it will provide a sharing and listening opportunity that allows people from multiple backgrounds to be see an illustration of how multiple layers of governance in a community are experienced by individuals.
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