Incorporating Indigenous Knowledge – Challenges and Opportunities: Perspectives from Maya-Kacquikel Guatemala

"INDIGENOUS peoples in Guatemala are the poorest of the poor" according to the World Bank (O'Kane, 1999). Approximately 50 per cent of Guatemala's population is indigenous. Indigenous peoples have passed down their knowledge through the generations. This knowledge is beginning to be recognized by the development community as a valuable resource. Development programmes and projects have thus far lacked community participation towards sustainable development. Guatemala, and its high proportion of indigenous peoples, provides the ideal research location to gain insight into the perspectives of indigenous peoples on the appropriate methodology and use of their Indigenous Knowledge (IK) in development. Through in-depth interviews, participants provided recommendations that could improve development within an indigenous context. Voices from the indigenous community will aid in a more equitable and culturally appropriate alternative model for the incorporation of IK in development.

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Incorporating Indigenous Knowledge – Challenges and Opportunities: Perspectives from Maya-Kacquikel Guatemala

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Soil improvement

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Ben Levy

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Ramapo College of New Jersey

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Department Member

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