Dimensions, November/December 2011—Working Across Worldviews: Traditional Knowledge and Western Science


November/December 2011November/December 2011 Dimensions

At the 6th Science Centre World Congress in September, science center and museum leaders from 56 countries resolved through the Cape Town Declaration to promote awareness of the value of Indigenous knowledge. In this issue, we examine how science centers and traditional and Indigenous communities are exploring commonalities and differences between traditional knowledge and Western science, building mutually respectful partnerships, and creating content that resonates with and empowers diverse communities. By championing science literacy while embracing differing worldviews, they are working toward a vision of science centers and museums as places where all voices can be heard.

  • Shifting Paradigms: Embracing Multiple Worldviews in Science Centers, by Laura Huerta Migus
  • Collaborating with Integrity: Reflections from Cosmic Serpent, by Nancy C. Maryboy, David Begay, Laura Peticolas, Jill Stein, and Shelly Valdez
  • Many Voices, One Exhibition, by Anton van Helden
  • Using Known Villains to Introduce Unknown Heroes, by Ramdas Iyer
  • Can Indigenous Knowledge Help Communicate Science? by Mdumiseni Nxumalo
  • Promoting an Understanding of Traditional Chinese Medicine, by Hongzhou Wu
  • Native Science Field Centers: Integrating Traditional Knowledge, Native Language, and Science, by Helen Augare and Bonnie Sachatello-Sawyer

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