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Irony as Inspiration: From Academic Research to Community Action in Protecting Biocultural Landscapes

biocultural diversity

by Kelly Bannister and George Nicholas It is Fall 2014. At the Musqueam Cultural Centre near Vancouver in coastal British Columbia (BC), a meeting is taking place of an international team of cultural heritage scholars, professionals, and Indigenous community experts. The group is holding its final gathering to conclude a seven-year, multimillion-dollar university-based research initiative

Traditional Treasure: Local Knowledge for Climate Change Adaptation in Bangkukuk Taik, Nicaragua

biocultural diversity

by Marie Besses and Martina Luger It’s 7 a.m., still early enough to leave Bluefields with a panga (skiff boat). The captain is watching the sky with a little concern. A gentle breeze is blowing, and it’s important to leave early before the wind stirs up the sea causing large waves. It takes two hours

Culturally-Mediated Disturbance: Building a Bridge Between Knowledge Systems to Conserve Biocultural Diversity in New Guinea

Hewa traditions

by William H. Thomas Buried deep within the Western psyche rests a romantic myth that neither evidence nor exposure has been able to extinguish—the Noble Savage. Although it no longer has scientific currency, the idea that traditional societies uncorrupted by civilization are able to live in balance with their surroundings continues to subtly permeate the

Wild Waters: Landscapes of Language

languages

by Dawn Wink . . . in the bottom of a dark canyon, I stood in a shroud of voices. They spun up the canyon walls, radiating through the dusky interior. . . The voices were part of a complex language, a language that formed audible words as water tumbled over rocks, and one that

Free-Flow: Why Cultural Diversity Matters for Healthy Rivers

biocultural diversity

by David Groenfeldt It has been proposed that we are living in a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene, in recognition that today the number one actor on the physical condition of the planet is not volcanoes or oceans or earthquakes, but us—people. We are only beginning to come to terms with our power, but one

The Course of Heaven and Earth | The Biocultural Diversity of Space & Time

biocultural diversity

by Kierin Mackenzie . The rhythms of the sky and the lands and the seas are one, and they are all interconnected. The cycles of the seasons, the phases of the moon, day and night, and the ebb and flow of the tides have all been utilized in traditional forms of time-keeping, as have weather

“Buen Vivir” | Learnings from Indigenous Worldviews on Biocultural Diversity

biodiversity

by Katherine Zavala At 4,000 meters high, surrounded by mountaintops, looking over a deep blue lake, I am welcomed by a group of Indigenous Quechua members in the Andes Mountains of Peru. They are members of the Association of Communities in the Potato Park (ACPP), Parque de la Papa, which unites more than 6,000 members

TEKS | Promoting & Safeguarding Biocultural Diversity Through the Arts in Northern Vanuatu

Text by Dely Roy Nalo and Thomas Dick, Photos by Cristina Panicali and Sarah Doyle, with contributions by Ham Maurice Joel, Augustin Leasley, and Len Jacob Tafau Traditional: Habits and ways built over the years that are flexible and change in relation to new circumstances and situations Entertainment: An opportunity for the people to express

Marine Biodiversity & Cultural Diversity in the Coastal Communities of Trivandrum, Kerala, India…

by Lisba Yesudas & Johnson Jament Marine biodiversity and cultural diversity are deeply interwoven in the coastal fishing communities of Trivandrum, Kerala, South India. This is the story of our ancestors, the story of our fellow community members; it is the story of our life! It is about our connection with the sea, the coast, and

Place Names and Storytelling | Balancing the Opportunities & Challenges of Sharing Biocultural…

by Jon Corbett, Christine Schreyer, and Nicole Gordon   “Every language is an old-growth forest of the mind, a watershed of thought, an ecosystem of spiritual possibilities.” — Wade Davis, 2005 There is a fundamental and synergistic relationship between language, culture, and biological diversity. Within Canada and around the world, Indigenous communities face the parallel losses of

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