SBC to hold talk on how to preserve traditional knowledge

KUCHING: A public talk entitled ‘Capturing Traditional Knowledge: sharing a working methodology’ will be held at ChinaHouse at the Old Court House here on September 29 from 2pm to 4pm.

The talk which is jointly organised by Friends of Sarawak Museum (FoSM) and the Sarawak Biodiversity Centre (SBC) will explore the subject of traditional knowledge including how indigenous communities have used biodiversity for food, medicine, health, personal care and other applications and handed down through generations orally or through observations of practices, said FoSM in a press release yesterday (Sept 21).

The talk will be conducted by Margarita Naming, a senior research officer in SBC’s Traditional Knowledge Documentation programme.

“TK is rarely documented in formal or written form and risks being lost over time. Therefore, a systematic documentation of Traditional Knowledge is vital,” read the press release.

SBC facilitates this documentation on the communities’ management and utilisation of biodiversity, through its Traditional Knowledge Documentation Programme.

It aims to provide the local indigenous communities with capacity building and to empower them to document their traditional knowledge.

“These skills are transferable to other bases of knowledge such as storytelling and personal history, therefore we want to share the method with others trying to collect any form of traditional knowledge,” it added.

Admission to the talk is free.

For further enquiries, call 012-8550588.

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