Situating Knowledge

Tim Ingold (read this guy, he’s great!) writes that his father was a botanist who explained him, when Tim was a kid, many things about plants and mushrooms.

Then he tells us about Warlpiri people (a tribe in Australia) : how teens are initiated in long trips where an adult SHOWS him about topography and flora and fauna. All this “transmission” is interlinked with traditions, watering places and legends.

Teens are presented to the places. Isn’t it a splendid idea?

This leads to “How does cultural knowledge is transmitted?”.

Ingold says that mushrooms (for his father) and watering places (for the elder aboriginal) are tools or receptacles in which knowledge is SHEATHED, braid, weaved.

Then he says : information is not a knowledge, it’s more in our capacity to place, situate things, and we develop this capacity when one shows us something.

This honing of the capacities of perception is an Education of Attention.

Also : “The cultural knowledge is transmitted through generations by means of an encoding into material symbols”. The apprentice doesn’t have to decode, but to discover the signification it it…

Do you agree? What does it bring to you?

Thanks for reading!




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