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Title: Indigenous Knowledge and Empowerment: Rural Development Examined from Within 
Author: Gegeo, David W.
Date: 1998
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Center for Pacific Islands Studies
Citation: Gegeo, D. W. 1998. Indigenous Knowledge and Empowerment: Rural Development Examined from Within. The Contemporary Pacific 10 (2): 289-315.
Abstract: The argument that rural development serving the needs of rural villagers in the
third world should be based on indigenous knowedge is not new. In practice,
however, development projects continue to be based on Anglo-European models.
In this paper I examine what development anchored in indigenous knowledge
and indigenous epistemology entails as seen from the perspective of an indigenous
Pacific Islander. I show that the Kwara‘ae of Malaita, Solomon Islands, have
a rich and complex conception, body of knowledge, and discourse about development,
much of which precedes western contact.
ISSN: 1043-898X
Keywords: indigenous knowledge, indigenous epistemology, Kwara'ae, modernization, rural development, Solomon Islands
LC Subject Headings: Oceania -- Periodicals.

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