Relations between science and the knowledge developed by indigenous peoples all over the world have oscillated from disdain to idealization, and more recently to its validation (i.e. the methodological study of isolated knowledge considered useful and fit for integration in science). Science communication has adopted a similar position towards indigenous knowledge, disdaining, idealizing, and facilitating diffusion of some fields of research that validate it. This paper offers a brief overview of this topic and the possibilities created by social studies of science to enhance an equality relation between science and indigenous knowledge, in which science communication can play an important role.

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Indigenous knowledge in science communication
Dilemma and perspectives

Cesar Carrillo Trueba   Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Relations between science and the knowledge developed by indigenous peoples all over the world have oscillated from disdain to idealization, and more recently to its validation (i.e. the methodological study of isolated knowledge considered useful and fit for integration in science). Science communication has adopted a similar position towards indigenous knowledge, disdaining, idealizing, and facilitating diffusion of some fields of research that validate it. This paper offers a brief overview of this topic and the possibilities created by social studies of science to enhance an equality relation between science and indigenous knowledge, in which science communication can play an important role.

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