Module 3.4

Tools and Strategies for Managing Penans’ Indigenous Botanical Knowledge

tools and strategies for managing Penans indegenous botanical knowledge

The short paper talks about the Etoro project that is based on the tradition of toro where a youngster goes on a quest or journey with an elder in order to learn about the jungle (which is integral to their life). It is a knowledge sharing and mentoring journey in which younger Penan are initiated in to adulthood. With the disappearance of the jungle and a movement from nomadic to settled existence the Etoro was designed to simulate the journey for youngsters in order to keep the tradition alive while still passing on knowledge to the younger generation and grooming them to become the knowledge repositories of the future and thus the “future guardians of the rainforest”.

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