Agricultural Practices & Products
Clothing & Fashion
Community Planning (e.g. traditional types of streets or neighborhood)
Construction Materials / Methods
Education & Learning
Estimates & Predictions
Food Processing & Preservation
Hunting & Fishing
Knowledge of Nature / Animals / Ecosystems
Repairs & Maintenance
Rites of Passage
Sports & Games
Values & Ethics
Writing & Communication
Traditional Knowledge vs Traditional Cultural PracticesIn the narrowest sense, traditional knowledge relates to practical concerns such as production of goods and promotion of health. According to this view, traditional knowledge related to cultural life is in a separate category known as traditional cultural practices. These are important to the identity, experience or spirituality of a culture. In practice, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural practices overlap in countless ways. For example, an art or craft may encompass much practical know-how that is important to economic production but is also clearly a cultural expression and practice.
DiscussionTraditional knowledge is relevant to intellectual property whereby firms, organizations, governments or individuals may attempt to seize the rights to culture, practices and inventions that have long existed. For example, a fashion brand that attempts to trademark terms related to traditional clothing, an entertainment company that copyrights a traditional story or a biotechnology company that uses its intellectual property in ways that interfere with traditional agricultural practices.
|Overview: Traditional Knowledge
Know-how, concepts, practices and inventions that are developed by a culture or community and passed from generation to generation.
Knowledge and cultural practices that have been sustained by a culture or community for at least 3 generations, or about 100 years.