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BRINGING INVENTORIES TO LIFE: Using Social Network Analysis to bring Traditional Environmental Knowledge to life

Abstract

While there is an increasing interest in recording traditional environmental knowledge, it has been difficult to make the resulting inventories relevant to conservationists. We believe that this situation can be remedied by employing Social Network Analysis to graphically portray the information embedded in these inventories. Drawing on the traditional environmental knowledge of a New Guinea society -- the Hewa – we use Social Network Analysis to organize their traditional knowledge of pollination and seed dispersal in their homeland.

Key words: New Guinea, traditional environmental knowledge, pollination, seed dispersal, Social Network Analysis
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