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Indigenous American philosophy is the "philosophy of the "Indigenous people of the Americas.

An indigenous philosopher is an indigenous person or associate who practices philosophy and has a vast knowledge of various indigenous history, culture, language, and traditions. There are very few contemporary indigenous philosophers alive today.



The principle of relatedness[edit]

Brian Yazzie Burkhart, a "Cherokee, has described his experience of the story of Coyote:

Eventually, the entire land is flooded. Coyote's mistake is not letting what is right guide his actions, but instead acting entirely on his own motivations. This is a reminder that one must be careful about what one desires, and must keep in mind the things around us and how we relate to them. Burkhart terms this the principle of relatedness:[2]



Native American science is said to have a basis in perceptual "phenomenology, meaning the philosophical study of phenomena.[3]


Anne Waters has described a "nondiscreet "ontology of being" in the context of gender.[4] With a different attitude towards labels, Waters argues that American Indian viewpoints are more tolerant to those that don't fit into a strict binary gender framework.[4]



  1. ^ Burkhart (2003), 15-16.
  2. ^ a b Burkhart (2003), 16.
  3. ^ Cajete (2003), 45.
  4. ^ a b Waters (2003), 97.


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