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72 Examples of Traditional Knowledge

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Traditional knowledge is valuable know-how, concepts, practices and inventions that are developed by a culture or community and passed from generation to generation. This is often practical knowledge related to the quality of life of a community in areas such as economy and health. A similar concept known as traditional cultural practices captures knowledge that relates to cultural life. The following examples of traditional knowledge and traditional cultural practices.
Agricultural Practices & Products
Animal Husbandry
Architecture
Art
Beverages
Botany
Building Materials
Burial Practices
Clothing & Fashion
Color Schemes
Community Planning (e.g. traditional types of streets or neighborhood)
Concepts
Construction Materials / Methods
Crafts
Crops
Dances
Economic Systems
Education & Learning
Environmental Management
Estimates & Predictions
Fabrics
Family Practices
Festivals
Folklore
Food Processing & Preservation
Foods
Foraging
Forestry
Furniture
Gardening
Household Management
Housewares
Human-Environment Relations
Hunting & Fishing
Jewelry
Knowledge of Nature / Animals / Ecosystems
Land Management
Landscaping
Language
Legends
Markets
Music
Myths
Navigation
Parenting Practices
Performance Art
Philosophy
Production Methods
Products
Repairs & Maintenance
Resilience Practices
Reuse
Risk Management
Rites of Passage
Service Practices
Services
Social Structures
Social Systems
Spirituality
Sports & Games
Stories
Tools
Toys
Traditional Diets
Traditional Medicine
Traditional Rights
Transportation Methods
Values & Ethics
Visual Designs
Visual Symbols
Water Management
Writing & Communication

Traditional Knowledge vs Traditional Cultural Practices

In 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.

Discussion

Traditional 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
Type
Definition (1)
Know-how, concepts, practices and inventions that are developed by a culture or community and passed from generation to generation.
Definition (2)
Knowledge and cultural practices that have been sustained by a culture or community for at least 3 generations, or about 100 years.
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