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Introductory Essay: Traditional Knowledge, Spirituality and Lands

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Author(s): Marc Fonda

Journal: International Indigenous Policy Journal
ISSN 1916-5781

Volume: 2;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: traditional knowledge | spirituality | lands

ABSTRACT
In times like ours, when people are inundated with notions of consumerist identities, culture is often seen mainly as a resource to be tapped into for economic development. This certainly is true of blatant consumerist culture produced by such economic behemoths as Hollywood, but it is a narrow view on the importance and functions of culture. The objective of this issue of the International Indigenous Policy Journal is to demonstrate the radical importance of culture and spirituality in not only defining a people and their society but also in affecting their well-being and how these things are all interrelated.
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