Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Cross-Cultural Research

  • Ray Barnhardt
Keywords: Indigenous knowledge systems, cross-cultural, research initiatives, institutional mapping.


This article addresses a number of issues specific to underserved populations in Alaska and other geographic regions inhabited by Indigenous peoples. It also provides a much-needed impetus toward organizing research and education support structures that contribute to the broadening of an infrastructure fostering the use of multiple knowledge systems and diverse approaches to research. The international scope of the initiatives described provides multiple benefits derived from the economies of scale associated with linking numerous small-scale populations, as well as increased generalizability of outcomes associated with the extensive
opportunities for cross-cultural comparison.