Traditional Ecological Knowledge is a growing field, helping to tip people's awareness of how to live in place. Dennis Martinez articulates it well:
"When I first began working, as a native person, in what could be broadly characterized as "eco-cultural" restoration, there was little apparent interest on the part of ecological restorationists and scientists in indigenous knowledge, or what we now call Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK). But we have experienced in the last ten or so years a sudden and growing interest by Western science in TEK. New books and papers on the subject—generally written by non-indigenous scholars—appear frequently, and in ever increasing numbers."