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Traditional Ecological Knowledge Prior Art Database (T.E.K.* P.A.D.)
Sponsor(s): American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Human Rights Program.
In their words: T.E.K.* P.A.D. (Traditional Ecological Knowledge Prior Art Database) is an index and search engine of existing Internet-based, public domain documentation concerning indigenous knowledge and plant species uses. TEK*PAD brings together and archives in a single location, various types of public domain data necessary to establish prior art. Data includes taxonomic and other species data, ethnobotanical uses, scientific and medical articles and abstracts, as well as patent applications themselves. It is meant to be used by anyone researching traditional ecological knowledge, including scientists, health professionals, and those involved in the patent application process itself.
Description: Articles, databases, and links to resources (web and print) on issues related to TEK, the pharmaceutical industry, and ethnobotany. For that focus, probably one of the best places to start. -MF

Alaska Native Knowledge Network - Traditional Ecological Knowledge
Sponsor(s): Alaska Federation of Natives, University of Alaska, National Science Foundation, Alaska Department of Education.
In their words: This site provides documentation related to the ways in which Native people acquire and utilize knowledge related to the ecological system in which they are situated. Anyone wishing to contribute to this site is encouraged to contact the coordinator of the Alaska Native Knowledge Network at (907) 474-5086, or send an email message to fyankn@uaf.edu.
Description: Listing of web resources, with paragraphs that briefly describe contents. -MF

Local Fisheries Knowledge Project
Sponsor(s): National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service.
In their words: TEK references
Description: Listing of print references on TEK, some general but mostly about fish and wildlife management issues. No annotations. The implied definition of traditional may be a little broader than what some people have in mind (eg. the lobster gangs of Maine), but this is more helpful than not. -MF

The Nature and Utility of Traditional Ecological Knowledge
Sponsor(s): Canadian Arctic Resources Committee (CARC)
In their words: by Milton M.R. Freeman (Professor of Anthropology at the University of Alberta and Senior Research Scholar with the Canadian Circumpolar Institute)
Description: Article from 1992. Nicely laid out argument, with examples, of why biologists ought to pay attention to TEK. -MF

Sponsor(s): Google.com
In their words: Searching 4,285,199,774 web pages
Description: As of 28-June-2004, if you search Google on the phrase traditional ecological knowledge you get around 440,000 hits. Obviously what's listed on this page only scratches the surface. -MF