Writing Opportunity

The Fourth World Journal is pleased to announce that it will publish a special themed, peer reviewed issue on "Indigenous Peoples, Medicinal Plants and Wild Foods." There is an increasing desire in the global health community to learn more beneficial approaches of nutrition for growing populations in all bioregions. The focus in this Special Issue is the use of low-resource strategies that are culturally and ecologically appropriate to the locality. Plants and other wildlife foods are known the world over to have medicinal value. The nutrient and pharmacological density of these resources is often overlooked, undocumented, or exploited for purely commercial purposes.

Traditional medicine systems are the "mother" of all medicine. More that 80% of the world's population uses a form of traditional medicine to treat primary health. The intimate connection between life on earth and the living universo has formed the foundation for virtually all systems of healing for milennia.

Forces of "modernization" and "technological development" have an adverse effect on wild foods, medicinal plantas and indigenous knowledge systems. The purpose of this themed issue, therefore, is to bring recognition to the myriad of potentially useful foods and medicines in the wild that exist, and to stimulate a dialogue on how to ensure their cultural uses and benefits.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Locally applied research methods
  • Uses of non-agricultural plants, fungus, animals and insects for food and medicine
  • Healthy Community/University/NGO partnerships
  • Mental health and nutrition
  • Nutritional trauma
  • Chronic disease
  • Traditional ecological knowledge
  • Biodiversity

Submission requirements:
Submit papers and images to:
Publication Date: January 15th, 2019
Guest editors: Leslie Korn, PhD, MPH /
Amy Eisenberg, PhD /

Experience Ways of Knowing

Wild Center
Institute of Museum and Library Services and New York State of Opportunity Council on the Arts
Three new exhibits called “Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address,” “We are From Akwesasne,” “Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge, Shared Science,” and “Sacred Food” opened May 25th, 2018 in the Ways of Knowing experience within The Wild Center museum in New York State.

2019 WIPO Indigenous Fellowship Program

WIPO has launched a Call for Expressions of Interest to be the next WIPO Indigenous Fellow. In line with the WIPO Indigenous Fellowship Program, the new WIPO Indigenous Fellow will be appointed for one year, renewable once for another year, to start in December 2018 or January 2019. Expressions of interest should be submitted by October 8, 2018, (deadline extended!) in accordance with the guidelines provided in the Call.

Tuyuryaq: Decolonizing Workshop

October 24-26, 2018
Lewiston, Maine
The registration is now open for Tuyuryaq: a model for decolonizing learning on college campuses. It is a 3-day workshop focused on decolonizing learning throughout college campuses.

This workshop targets topics of decolonizing and combatting Indigenous marginalization and structural inequalities in higher education. It convenes a platform for collaborative participation accommodating a wide range of Indigenous communities, interdisciplinary scholars, students, administration and staff, and the general public. This workshop consists of an opening plenary session with Maggie Walter (University of Tasmania), followed by multiple small group workshops that facilitate immersive and sensitive discussions among participants, and concludes with a larger group discussion that highlights conference experiences, ideas and future directions. Throughout the course of the workshop guest speakers will highlight opportunities for introducing and establishing models of ‘research sovereignty’ and development of knowledge as a method of ‘co-production’ while addressing topics of appropriation, social and political impacts of ‘research’ and education systems, development of institutional resources, and support for enriched outcomes. Participants will access tools for curriculum development and deepen their understanding of ongoing colonial impacts in our current educational models. The long-term goals of this workshop will advance awareness and support for incorporation of decolonized practices of research, teaching, program support, and student involvement in campus culture that is scalable to any institution.

*There is a small number of registration fee waivers available for early career faculty, Indigenous scholars, and students. Registration limited to 150.

You can register for the event at:

Webinars hosted by the Californian Landscape Conservation Cooperative

The California Landscape Conservation Cooperative Tribal Team works to create opportunities for partnership between and among Tribes and other land managers and contribute to a holistic view of land management that includes tribal cultural heritage and traditional ecological knowledge. To advance this goal the Tribal Team is planning on hosting two Round Table webinars discussion this year on topics of interest to our partners.

October 12, 2018, 1-2 PT - Tribal perspectives on fire management – Climate factors and land management lessons learned hosted by Doe Bietz, Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians. Register Here.

Terri Hansen: March for Indigenous Science reflects tribal knowledge

Posted: Monday, April 16, 2018
The march occurred on April 14, 2018, and was expected to draw tens of thousands of people.

$500K grant aims to preserve Cherokee ecological knowledge

February 27, 2018
Cherokee Phoenix
University of Colorado professor and Cherokee Nation citizen Clint Carroll recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation to share ecological knowledge between youth and elders in a traditional way.

Native American Students Can Combine Traditional and Scientific Knowledge at SUNY ESF

By: Alex Hamer
Indian Country Today, June 20, 2017
This article discusses an environmental science program at the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY, run by respected professor Robin Kimmerer.

Last updated: September 14, 2018