Integrating Use of Traditional Ecological Knowledge into the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
What is TEK? A Working Definition:
The evolving knowledge acquired by indigenous and local peoples over hundreds or thousands of years through direct contact with the environment.
This knowledge is specific to a location and includes the relationships between plants, animals, natural phenomena, landscapes, and timing of events that are used for lifeways.
Accumulating body of knowledge, practice and belief, evolving by adaptive processes and handed down through generations by cultural transmission, about the relationship of living beings (human and non‐human) with one another and with the environment.
It encompasses the world view of indigenous people which includes ecology, spirituality, human and animal relationships, and more. Read More .