International Development, Community, and Environment

Document Type

Article

Abstract

Seasonal rounds are deliberative articulations of a community’s sociocultural relations with their ecological system. The process of visualizing seasonal rounds informs transdisciplinary research. We present a methodological approach for communities of enquiry to engage communities of practice through context-specific sociocultural and ecological relations driven by seasonal change. We first discuss historical précis of the concept of seasonal rounds that we apply to assess the spatial and temporal communal migrations and then describe current international research among Indigenous and rural communities in North America and Central Asia by the creation of a common vocabulary through mutual respect for multiple ways of knowing, validation of co-generated knowledge, and insights into seasonal change. By investigating the relationship between specific biophysical indicators and livelihoods of local communities, we demonstrate that seasonal rounds are an inclusive and participatory methodology that brings together diverse Indigenous and rural voices to anticipate anthropogenic climate change.

Publication Title

Human Ecology

Publication Date

10-1-2021

Volume

49

Issue

5

First Page

509

Last Page

523

ISSN

0300-7839

DOI

10.1007/s10745-021-00269-2

Keywords

Dakota/Lakota Oneida Lake, ecological calendars, Indigenous and local knowledge, Pamir Mountains

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