Traditional knowledge is a unique set of skills, practices, and innovations that indigenous and local communities develop, sustain, and pass on from generation to generation. Examples include traditional medical knowledge, sustainable irrigation, or hunting or fishing techniques.
But these traditional forms of creativity and innovation are not always protected by the conventional intellectual property system. Watch this short animation, subtitled in Maori, that tells the story of the Yakuanoi – a fictitious indigenous people – as they navigate through the key issues regarding intellectual property and traditional knowledge.
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Help us translate The Adventures of the Yakuanoi: WIPO invites member states, as well as indigenous peoples and local communities, to translate The Adventures of the Yakuanoi into their own (traditional) languages in order to reach as wide an audience as possible. Contact us for more information: https://www3.wipo.int/contact/en/area.jsp?area=tk
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