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When Art Beats Science | Saving Tree Kangaroos with Song and Dance in Papua New Guinea

by Jean Thomas . . For tens of thousands of years, the people of Papua New Guinea (PNG) have hunted animals for food. They used bows and arrows, made traps, and used poison vines. In the 1950s this all changed for the Wape people of the Torricelli Mountain Range, a remote area in northwestern PNG.

Thinking Like Fire | The Biocultural Art of Firelighting

by Hilary Vidalakis . There’s a tiny subculture of place-loving men and women who specialize in burning the land. “Prescribed fire,” they call it, though the term strikes me as arrogant; after three winters spent elbow-deep in the craft, lighting fires across the swamps and mountains and sandhill forests of Georgia, and despite the physical

In Praise of Negentropy | Art and the Micropolitics of Biocultural Diversity

Text and artwork by Rosa Caterina Bosch Rubio All photos by the artist, except as noted . . I am a visual artist based in Mallorca, the largest of the Balearic Islands (Spain), where isolation and globalization collide as in a Big Bang spectacle. Here is where my work begins, emerging from what remains and searching for

Knowing How You Are Related to All Creation | A Sculpture Garden of Native Science and Learning

by Rose Thater Braan-Imai The Native American Academy was founded by a group of Native scholars and Traditional Knowledge Holders dedicated to increasing understanding of the Indigenous worldview and to broadening the contemporary concepts of science and learning. Since its inception, it has grown into a network of Native and non-Native people using research, dialogue,

Repairing the Broken Arrow | Rebuilding Cultural Identity through Art and Language

Text and Artwork by Barbara Derrick “At the heart of every culture is its language. One of the main structural pillars for communicating values, beliefs and customs and its importance to the connection to all our relations.” — CrossCulturalTrainingAustralia . . Countering the effect of language loss on the connection with nature may be likened to repairing

Photo Gallery | People Mapping: Visualizing Sense of Place for Decision Making

Barbara Dovarch . . . . . . . . . . . This photo gallery is an extension of: “People Mapping: Visualizing Sense of Place for Decision Making” by Barbara Dovarch << Previous  |  Next >>

Salmon and the Poetics of Place

by Nigel Haggan . . The Salmon of Science Rivers and streams carry nutrients and young salmon to the Pacific Ocean. Returning salmon spawn and die, contributing thousands of tonnes of nitrogen, phosphorus, and carbon to freshwater and forest ecosystems. The size of past salmon runs is reflected in the growth rings of riverside trees. At least

Gloriously Entwined | Nature and Culture, Art and Agriculture

by Eliza Smith .  .  It was a specific moment in 2013, while attending a farmer club meeting in rural Kenya, that sparked my curiosity. Patrick Kiirya, the meeting facilitator, as well as minister for agriculture in the Busoga Kingdom in Uganda and an agroecology enthusiast, asked participants to perform a song about the value of

Pipelines and the Poetics of Place | Bringing a Fuller Set of Values into Environmental Assessment

by Nigel Haggan Note: Please see YouTube for a video from the 2017 Pipelines and the Poetics of Place event in Vancouver, BC. . . As “tar sands,” the Alberta bitumen deposits are a vector for protest. As “oil sands,” they are hailed as vital to Canada’s economy. The Enbridge Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan pipeline

Editorial  | Coming Full Circle

Through A Different Lens: The Art & Science of Biocultural Diveristy Langscape Magazine Volume 6, Issue 1, Summer 2017 . Coming Full Circle Luisa Maffi . Over twenty years ago, I was sitting in a conference room on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley, along with some thirty other people  —  academics as