Indigenous Ways of Creating Environmental Awareness: Case Study from Berekum Traditional Area of Ghana
Issue: Vol 8 No. 1 (2014)
Subject Areas: Religious Studies
The people of Berekum Traditional Area, Brong Ahafo region, Ghana, use their religio-cultural practices to instil and impart traditional ecologi-cal knowledge to their youth. Qualitative methodology research identiﬁed the main means by which indigenous ecological knowledge is transmitted to students: proverbs, myths, folktales, and rituals. There is evidence that indigenous methods of imparting ecological knowledge and thereby dealing with environmental problems are facing some chal-lenges that appear to have interfered with their effectiveness. These challenges may be attributed to a change in the people’s worldview resulting from cultural contact and modernity. The ﬁndings indicate that indigenous ecological knowledge is a potential resource that can complement scientiﬁc means of dealing with the region’s environmental problems.
Author: Samuel Awuah-Nyamekye