Indigenous Knowledge Research Paper

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Theory of Knowledge Name ____________________________Research Paper - Indigenous Knowledge SystemsPlease research an indigenous people of your choice. Limit your research to 2-3 knowledge areas of the culture (for example, relationship with land, education, ceremony).Consider the following definition:"Indigenous Knowledge is the information base for a society, which facilitates communication and decision-making. Indigenous information systems are dynamic, and are continually influenced by internal creativity and experimentation as well as by contact with external systems. (Flavier et al. 1995, p. 479)In three-four pages (typed, double-spaced) explore the way that Indigenous Knowledge acts as the "information base" for the people you have researched. Consider too the "dynamism" of this knowledge, and how it reflects both internal creativity and external influences.Criteria for Scoring____/10 Does the paper clearly identify an indigenous people and describe important elements of their traditional "knowledge base"? Does the paper make effective use evidence gathered as a result of independent research?____/10 Does the paper show an understanding of the dynamism (including internal and external forces) of this particular Indigenous Knowledge System?____/10 Is the essay well written, with a clear structure and attention to proper spelling and grammar? Is there proper use of internal citations and a Works Cited page?____/30 =Known as the Cloud People, the Zapotec people started off as nomads before they settled down and became hunters and gathers. With the discovery of basic farming techniques, these nomads began to settle in small communities, forming what would later become the Zapotec nation. After settling down, the Zapotecs developed a calendar, a logo syllabic system of writing that used a separate glyph to represent each of the syllables of the language, their own writing system and religious and solar calendars. Around 500 BC, the villages in the region came together to create a central capital. A mountain top was chosen with a clear view of each of the surrounding three valleys. First taking on the enormous task of leveling off the top of the mountain, the Zapotecs built a ceremonial center which would eventually hold temples, an observatory, and a ball court. This is Monte Albán. On the surrounding mountainsides, a community sprang to life. This was the center of a Zapotec empire that would span much of today's modern day Mexico.[1: Zapotec Civilization." Ancient History Encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 May 2014.][2: Zapotec Civilization." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 05 Apr. 2014. Web. 05 May 2014]Around 700 AD, the people of Monte Albán began to drift away, settling in villages throughout the valley and constructing houses out of hand carved stones and mortar. Some theories as to why this happened are that the once-dangerous external threats had ceased to exist, or that the city outgrew the agricultural ability of the...

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