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Indigenous Knowledge Systems
By Prof. Joseph O. Malo. KNAS and University of Nairobi
The paper examines the role of traditional and indigenous knowledge and technology including the role of citizens in knowledge management of sustainable environment, health, water resources, education, habitat, disaster and emergency response, food security, clean energy etc.
The motivating factor is that most of the villages in developing countries are small and literally cut off from the rest of the world and hence under serviced. Social services particularly in health must therefore promote a combination of traditional and scientific approach. This calls for recognition of people who apply natural and traditional methods to sustain life.
Submitted by storytelling on 6 October 2009 - 1:57pm. categories [ ]
The word ukhamba is a Zulu word for a huge clay pot. It is commonly used by all African cultures. In Zulu ukhamba consists of two words: ukukhama (which means to squeeze out or compress out as in milking a cow) + bamba (to hold in place so as to receive that which is squeezed out). This meaning clearly explains the metaphor of thinking hard (ukukhama) and receiving the treasures of thinking into human memory (ukubamba). Therefore ukhamba is a container, a reservoir, and a protector of that which is valuable and good for physical and spiritual nourishment. It is a central piece in the rite of social fellowship. The rite itself is treated with respect and studied deference.
Submitted by Qhakijane on 24 May 2009 - 5:07pm. categories [ ]
Ukhamba is the Nguni word for Calabash. You pronounce it OO-KHAM-BA. The Calabash is a gourd pumpkin that has been used by ancient people throughout Africa as a container in which to brew beer, store medicines, valuable herbs and water. But the concept of Ukhamba is more than this - it is a metaphor for knowledge sharing and teamwork. Here are some key ideas from Ukhamba as provided by Ralph Sibande and Mama Kena, a Sotho Traditional Healer and expert on culture and Nguni languages:
Submitted by KMAadmin on 6 April 2009 - 8:00am. categories [ ]
Teknologi Kampungan - A Collection of Indigenous Indonesian Knowledge Systems - By Craig Thorburn
There is no well defined boundary between a subsistence and a market economy and the vast majority of people in developing nations live in a space where characteristics of both economies mingle. The result is a juxtaposition of day-to-day survival with the latest 21st century gadgetry including SatelliteTV, 3G cellphones and the broadband internet.
This book is a novel resource which looks at some Indonesian Indigenous Knowledge Systems, from planting, through maintenance, harvest, storage and transportation to market.
Submitted by KMAadmin on 23 January 2009 - 10:18am. categories [ ]