A traditional Lakota zoological folk taxonomy : an in depth study of biological and cosmological views of animal classification and nomenclature among the Lakota
Scott, Gerald R.
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The focus of this work is to record and clarify the traditional views of the Lakota People, in regards to how they name and classify their zoological world. The focus for many ethnozoologists is to study how mankind conceptualizes his natural environment. A number of scholars in ethnozoology have tried to show cross cultural links to possibly explain similarities in the way mankind names and classifies objects in his natural environment. The idea of there being recognizable groupings of animals is found in all languages. These are referred to as ethnozoological categories. According to some scholars (Berlin, Breedlove, and Raven 1973), there are typically five levels of ethnozoological categories and this is the basic model that I will be working from as a reference. These categories are “ranked” in a hierarchical manner. The terms (taxa) are placed at differing levels of inclusion in relation to other taxa.