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The Role of Libraries, Archives and Museums in Promoting, Preserving and Disseminating Indigenous Knowledge Systems
As part of the City’s commitment to promoting Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) within eThekwini Municipality, MILE in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) - National Research Foundation (NRF) Centre in Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) with its hub at the University of KwaZulu-Natal hosted a two-day workshop for librarians from 21-22 September 2015 at the Durban Botanic Gardens Conference Centre. 

Facilitated by Prof. Kaya and Prof. Nkondo from the DST- NRF IKS Centre at UKZN and Prof. Seleti from DST, the workshop explored what is Indigenous Knowledge Systems and how it can be collected and documented. It looked at how to best manage Indigenous Knowledge Systems in the future and the pertinent role libraries play in promoting IKS within communities. 

“The power of knowledge in South Africa is one that has been overlooked and underrated in discourses on power relations since the democratic transition in 1994. It is no less than other sources of power, political, economic and military. Indigenous Knowledge is ideas and practices that are peculiar to a particular community and embody the community’s identity and ways of surviving and maintaining the environment they find themselves in, said Prof. Nkondo. 

With facilitated discussion sessions and informative presentations, participants left the session empowered to learn more about implementing Indigenous Knowledge Systems. 

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