Does Knowledge Evolution Matter? Reflection on Alpine Tribes Industry, Development, and Transformation

Ssu Chi Pan, Tai Shan Hu, Ben Zin Chia, Su Li Chang, Hai Ping Lin

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Young aboriginals are emigrating from their homelands to cities to become laborers working in basic production-related jobs, hampering the sustainability of the alpine tribes. This study examines the critical demands of Tungpu Daigaz, an alpine tribe in Taiwan, through in-depth interviews and questionnaires. Based on the analytical results, we propose that for the alpine tribe, the government should further improve transportation, add value to featured tribal products, and close the consensus gap among tribes. Whereas previous studies have recommended strategies, including loans and human resource training, we believe that the improvements should be accomplished through acquisition, transmission, creation, and use. This study establishes a KBD model to construct industrial knowledge for Tungpu Daigaz. Knowledge translation is carried out by integrating new hunter knowledge with tribal opinions. Knowledge transmission is then performed to encourage group learning. Long-term development depends on knowledge creation by tribes. We suggest that the government build a hub for the industries connecting Tungpu hot spring with the tribal resources and enhance sustainable development through tribal mountain guides and the hunting culture of Tungpu Daigaz. The knowledge-hunting developmental model can balance Tungpu Daigaz while developing the culture and wisdom of alpine tribes, solve the problems of tribal development, and ensure environmental protection and sustainable development. This study establishes a circulation system of new hunter knowledge based on a comprehensive understanding of the demands of local development for knowledge creation and skill integration, cooperation with external expertise and young innovative knowledge of tribal youths, and co-management with selfmedia. This novel KBD model can promote tribe sustainability.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6851
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Jun 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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