Indigenous Ways of Creating Environmental Awareness

Case Study from Berekum Traditional Area of Ghana


  • Samuel Awuah-Nyamekye Univerisity of Cape Coast, Ghana and University of Leeds, UK



Berekum Traditional Area, worldview, cosmovision, ritual, Afahye, Yerepra Yadee, Mmebuo, indigenous ecological knowledge


The people of Berekum Traditional Area, Brong Ahafo region, Ghana, use their religio-cultural practices to instil and impart traditional ecologi-cal knowledge to their youth. Qualitative methodology research identi?ed the main means by which indigenous ecological knowledge is transmitted to students: proverbs, myths, folktales, and rituals. There is evidence that indigenous methods of imparting ecological knowledge and thereby dealing with environmental problems are facing some chal-lenges that appear to have interfered with their effectiveness. These challenges may be attributed to a change in the people’s worldview resulting from cultural contact and modernity. The ?ndings indicate that indigenous ecological knowledge is a potential resource that can complement scienti?c means of dealing with the region’s environmental problems.

Author Biography

Samuel Awuah-Nyamekye, Univerisity of Cape Coast, Ghana and University of Leeds, UK

Samuel Awuah-Nyamekye is a Senior Lecturer in the Dept.of Religion and Human Values at the University of Cape Coast. He is currently studying for a PhD in the Dept.of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Leeds


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How to Cite

Awuah-Nyamekye, S. (2014). Indigenous Ways of Creating Environmental Awareness: Case Study from Berekum Traditional Area of Ghana. Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, 8(1), 46–63.