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Nature's Law
Spiritual Life, Governance, Culture, Traditions, Resources, Context and Background
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Kinds and Types of Evidence
Linguistic Basis

Historical Evidence

Oral Tradition

European
"Authorities"

Indigenous
 Testimony

Recent Legal
Opinion

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As we examine the data for these ten different kinds of law, we utilize certain set kinds of evidence. Within these ten different categories of Indigenous understandings, evidence will be gathered from six types of information. They are: 1. Linguistic Evidence 2. Historical Evidence from the Indigenous Perspective 3. Oral Tradition of Ancient Laws, Customs and Moral Codes 4.European ‘Authorities:’ Explorers, Missionaries, Government Officials, Scholars 5.Contemporary Indigenous Testimony 6.Recent Legal Opinion in Canadian Judicial Decisions. In effect, we have tried to provide the most compelling evidence on the basis of what scholarship would now accept as having a solid basis. While we would acknowledge that this evidence may not be as convincing as all historians or all scientists would wish, the valuation of this is obviously something that each reader can judge. It also accepts that Indigenous knowledge is a legitimate and valid area of human enterprise, and, rightly understood and used, can provide everyone with important insights and perspective.

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