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Rudolph C. Rÿser, PhD.
A visionary founder of CWIS

Articles

Indigenous Peoples and Traditional Knowledge

Indigenous knowledge takes many forms reflecting the culture and geographic location as well as historic influences introduced from outside forces. Western scholars view indigenous knowledge through intellectual lenses with frequently superficial interpretations of the actual content and meaning. Indigenous peoples and Western scholars have begun to practice collaborative sharing and knowledge negotiations. Participants learn from each other sharing knowledge that can be applied to human sustainability challenges.

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The Anáhuac Knowledge System: a Dialogue Between Toltecs and Descartes

Indigenous political leaders and indigenous peoples’ diplomatic representatives urge states’ government and international organization representatives to sit at the negotiating table to ensure that traditional knowledge becomes incorporated in local, regional, and international agreements aimed at mitigating and organizing adaption strategies to remedy the adverse effects of climate change. How can traditional knowledge be employed along with conventional sciences?

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Books

Preventing and Treating Diabetes Type 2, Naturally

“Diabetes Type 2 is a modern disease and a disease of modern ways of living”
In Preventing and Treating Diabetes Naturally, Dr. Korn and Dr. Rÿser present satate-of-the-art, integrative approaches to restoring health.

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Indigenous Nations and Modern States

Indigenous peoples throughout the world tenaciously defend their lands, cultures, and their lives with resilience and determination. They have done so generation after generation. These are peoples who make up…

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Under The Nuclear Cloud

Millions of indigenous peoples living in Fourth World territories around the world have been and continue to be exposed to nuclear radiation and toxic chemicals. The United States of America, France, Britain, Russia, China, Israel, Britain, Pakistan, India, and North Korea produce these toxic materials. Other countries with electricity-producing nuclear reactors also contribute to radioactive waste. Nuclear bomb detonations, radioactive waste storage sites and toxic chemical dumps have contaminated the soils, water, air, plants, animals and people for more than 70 years.

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Books

Salish Country Cookbook

This book is a celebration of Salish knowledge with ancient roots in the land and the sea. Contains recipes that use Northwest native foods and medicines gathered and prepared in ways suitable for the 21st century kitchen.

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Preventing and Treating Diabetes Naturally

Learn a holistic approach to prevention and treatment, integrating Pacific Northwest American Indian healing traditions with complementary/alternative medicine.

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Articles

Honor the Fourth World

Let us stipulate from the very outset that international states own, control and regulate an institution called the United Nations. It is their organization and they can do with it what ever they chose. Fourth World nations are not members of the UN. They sit outside that body. To be a member, as the Palestinians have learned, takes the embrace of the member states. Let us also note that the UN Third Committee accepted the proposal from the State of Bolivia in 2010 to convene the United Nations High-Level Plenary Session of the General Assembly and would call that session of the UN the “World Conference on Indigenous Peoples.” Neither of these facts can be contested.

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CWIS Response to EMRIP

Center for World Indigenous Studies response to the Questionnaire concerning the Review of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Mandate answering the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples Outcome Document.

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Strategies and Implications for American Indian Nations 2002

Despite popular rhetoric to the contrary, there are no fully self-governing Indian nations inside the boundaries of the United States. For two generations, Indian leaders have stressed the paramount importance of Indian nations governing themselves, and U.S. government leaders have increasingly given lip-service to the idea of Indian self-government. Still, it was not until 1987 that any concrete political action was initiated to begin the process of formally instituting Indian self-government as a reality. Ten Indian nations, including the Quinault Indian Nation, Hoop Tribe, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and the Lummi Indian Nation took the first cautious step toward formalizing self-government through a self-governance planning process. Agreements to begin this process were negotiated with key U.S. Congressional representatives, and the U.S. government enacted its own laws authorizing the process.

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Books

Preventing and Treating Diabetes Type 2, Naturally

“Diabetes Type 2 is a modern disease and a disease of modern ways of living”
In Preventing and Treating Diabetes Naturally, Dr. Korn and Dr. Rÿser present satate-of-the-art, integrative approaches to restoring health.

Read more

Biodiversity Wars

 Dr. Rudolph C. Rÿser Dr. Rudolph C. Rÿser grew to maturity in the Cowlitz Indian culture on the US Pacific Northwest coast. He is of Cree/Oneida descent on his…

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Articles

A Salish Feast: Ancient Roots and Modern Applications

The knowledge traditions of Salish country are neither old fashioned nor out of date. Indeed, this body of knowledge collected in the people, stories, songs, and the land has the most modern application: prevention and treatment of chronic diseases that now afflict growing numbers of native peoples as well as non- natives living in Salish country. We use “Salish country” to identify a region of coastal northwest United States and southwest Canada and parts of their interior where peoples as similar and different as the Wuikinuxv, Wenatchee, Semiamoo, Skagit, Quinault, Clatsop, and Siletz live.

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Does Climate Change Adversely Affect The Nutritional Value of Food and Medicine

We recently decided at the Center for World Indigenous Studies (CWIS) to inquire into the affects of elevated greenhouse gases in the planet’s atmosphere on the medicinal and pharmacologic benefits of wild harvested sources for indigenous communities. With 80% of the world’s 1.3 billion indigenous peoples significantly dependent on wild harvested foods and medicines—and virtually none of the current research investigating wild harvests and Indigenous Peoples—we saw this as an important responsibility. This is what we have initially found.

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Books

Preventing and Treating Diabetes Type 2, Naturally

“Diabetes Type 2 is a modern disease and a disease of modern ways of living”
In Preventing and Treating Diabetes Naturally, Dr. Korn and Dr. Rÿser present satate-of-the-art, integrative approaches to restoring health.

Read more

Salish Country Cookbook

This book is a celebration of Salish knowledge with ancient roots in the land and the sea. Contains recipes that use Northwest native foods and medicines gathered and prepared in ways suitable for the 21st century kitchen.

Read more

Articles

American Indian Caregiver Policy Study

An analysis with findings of the barriers to Federally funded and State and tribally administered caregiver programs in the State of Washington.

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Books

Salish Country Cookbook

This book is a celebration of Salish knowledge with ancient roots in the land and the sea. Contains recipes that use Northwest native foods and medicines gathered and prepared in ways suitable for the 21st century kitchen.

Read more

Biodiversity Wars

 Dr. Rudolph C. Rÿser Dr. Rudolph C. Rÿser grew to maturity in the Cowlitz Indian culture on the US Pacific Northwest coast. He is of Cree/Oneida descent on his…

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