Beliefs, values, and traditions: re-thinking sustainable development using the Hñähñu example

  • Diosey Ramon Lugo-Morin, Enoc Garcia-Sanchez, Rosa Isela Cruz-Vazquez
  • Development in Practice, September 2018, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/09614524.2018.1516197

Beliefs, values, and traditions: a proposal to discuss sustainable development

What is it about?

Historically humans have used their territorial resources to meet their reproductive needs. In doing so, they have developed informal institutions through their systems of beliefs and values that have determined the sustainability of the resources they use from their environment. In this sense, this article evaluates the artisanship of the Hñähñu indigenous group as a case study that potentially help us to re-conceptualise sustainable development.

Why is it important?

The idea of development processes rooted in the socio-cultural conditions of the territories is relatively recent and constitutes a new vein of knowledge for the territories that have a cultural richness. The above allows us to look towards marginalized territories with attributes (robust informal institutions) that other territories do not have or have not known how to explore.


Dr. Diosey Ramon Lugo-Morin

The incorporation of new elements into the theoretical approach of sustainable development could provide the basis for economic growth balanced with the environment. For this, it is as a necessity to look back to the past of our indigenous peoples in order to build a sustainable future.

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