DOI: 10.38159/ehass.202341411 ISSN: 2720-7722

An Analysis of Indigenous Knowledge Systems Through the Eye of ‘iintsomi’ (folk tales)

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  • Automotive Engineering

The Indigenous Knowledge (IK) and Indigenous Knowledge System (IKS) are separate and different from the ‘international knowledge system’, which includes knowledge generated by the scientific community, namely: Universities, research institutions, and private firms. International knowledge is knowledge created based on modern scientific systems, research, and development, which are all part of the global scientific and technological enterprise of human civilization. This knowledge is acquired through formal education and ‘book learning’ and boosted by advanced study, internships, training, and mentoring that essentially ensure that the existing paths and developments for scientific knowledge creation, confirmation, and distribution are maintained and continued, which by and large is western in alignment. Therefore, this article aimed at promoting the value and the role played by Indigenous Knowledge Systems in the community. This was done by analysing the role played by songs in selected iintsomi (folk tales). Methodologically, this was a qualitative study based on a literature review assessment. The central thesis is that Indigenous Knowledge (IK) as opposed to Western universalism originates in a community of locals with a broader cultural background and is rich in its tradition (s), teachings and human conduct. IK is believed to be a critical basis of mannerisms and is the intertwining factor in society. Keywords: Indigenous Knowledge (IK), Knowledge, iintsomi (folk tales), Western Universalism

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