Mail:   Phone: 1-360-276-8211 x7001

Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Quinault Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Quinault Traditional Ecological Knowledge | Quinault Division of Natural Resources
Wildflowers in the Olympic mountains

The Quinault Traditional Ecological Knowledge Program is responsible for maintaining an evolving body of knowledge, practice and belief that has been handed down through generations in Indian families and communities. It describes the relationship of living beings (human and non-human) with one another and the environment.

In recent years, non-Indian scientists in academia, government and business have recognized the value of considering the worldview of indigenous people which includes ecology, spirituality, human and animal relationships, weather and more.

Quinault Traditional Ecological Knowledge particularly informs sustainable resource use. It may suggest solutions to problems such as over-harvesting of trees or fish as well as point to more sustainable practices in the future.

Cultural Harvesting

“Cultural harvest” refers to the collection of wood (cedar, fir, spruce or hemlock), bear grass, sweet grass or cedar bark for traditional purposes such as canoe-building, bent board work, basket-weaving or carving.

Quinault Traditional Ecological Knowledge | Quinault Division of Natural Resources
Woven dolls at the Quinault Cultural Museum

Harvest of plant material is allowed for non-tribal members if accompanied by a Quinault tribal member and approved in writing by the QDNR Director. Collected materials will be used for traditional and non-commercial products only. A no-cost permit is required. Non-tribal members may not collect plant material on the Quinault Indian Nation lands for any other reason.

Tribal members may apply for a free use permit by submitting a Cultural Harvesting Permit Request Form to the following:

Quinault Division of Natural Resources Permits Department

1214 Aalis Dr., Bldg C

Taholah, WA 98587

The Cultural Planning Committee usually assesses applications but currently the committee is not active.

Cultural Resource Specialist, Justine James, Jr  »  360.276.8215 x7330

Permits Office Clerk, Alison Boyer  »  360.276.8215 x7372

Quinault Archivist/Curator, Tootie James  »  360.276.8215 x6102

Additional Quinault Traditional Ecological Knowledge Resources:

What is Traditional Ecological Knowledge? (Wikipedia)

Traditional Ecological Knowledge Fact Sheet (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Traditional Ecological Knowledge (National Park Service)

Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Agroforestry (U.S. Forest Service)

Tribal Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and Its Value for Environmental Health Sciences