Gwich'in Environmental Knowledge Project (GEKP)
Principal Investigator: Raygorodetsky, Gleb (2)
Licence Number: 12845
Organization: Gwich'in Renewable Resource Board
Licensed Year(s): 1996 1995
Issued: Mar 28, 1996
Project Team: Four community assistants and a data-entry clerk

Objective(s): The objectives of the project will be to document: a) traditional use of fish and wildlife species; b) traditional knowledge and beliefs associated with these species; and, c) Gwich'in names for animal and fish species

Project Description: The project proposes to collect, organize, and present, in report form, traditional environmental knowledge in the Gwich'in Settlement Area (GSA). This information would give the Gwich'in and other resource managers a better "picture" of the region based on the perspective of the people who have lived there for generations. It also provides a basis for incorporating local environmental knowledge into resource management. The project will be done through interviews and active participation, to document Gwich'in knowledge of different animal and plant species in the GSA, their names and uses, and other information about the Gwich'in relationship with the land and wildlife.