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Heal the Land, Heal the People: Strengthening Relationships at Hwaaqw’um in the Salish Sea

Text by Joe Akerman (T’awaxwultun) | Photos by Xwaaqw’um Project . Maakw’stem ‘uw huliitun tst. Maaqkw’stem ‘uw slhilhukw’tul “Everything is what sustains us. Everything is interconnected.” This is a story about coming home to a Quw’utsun (Hul’q’umi’num, Coast Salish) village site to heal. To heal the land, relationships with one another, and the people and communities

Rooted in Place: Exercises in Belonging, Ecological Awareness, and Love

Radhika Borde What does it mean to have roots? In most cases the metaphor implies a genetic legacy, a cultural inheritance comprising a set of values and beliefs, or a connection with a place that comes from having spent one’s childhood there. In each of these cases there is an assumption that roots are passed

Visions from Within | Another Shot for Biocultural Conservation in the Cradle of Humankind

Text and Photos by Thor Morales . . Imagine you’re in the cradle of humankind. Cultures similar to yours have thrived in a seemingly barren, rock-strewn desert for thousands of years. But now, once frequently practiced rites, ceremonies, and traditions are losing vigor, and your mother tongue is falling by the wayside as you adopt a

Hta: How Karen Farming Saved a Forest in Thailand and Its Poetry Changed International Policy

Text by Viveca Mellegård | Photos by Pernilla Malmer With words & lived experience of members of the Karen Community of Hin Lad Nai and input from Pernilla Malmer . . “Live with the water, care for the river, live with trees, care for the forest. Live with the fish, care for the spawning grounds, live

Monocultures of the Fields, Monocultures of the Mind | The Acculturation of Indigenous Farming of…

by Kanna K. Siripurapu, Sabnam Afrein, and Prasant Mohanty . . The connection between agriculture and major festivals of India, traditionally and predominantly an agrarian society, is unmistakable. The Indigenous agro-biodiversity and cultural diversity of the Indian subcontinent likely co-evolved over thousands of years in synchrony and harmony with each other. The winds are fast changing,

Listening to Our Ancestors | Biocultural Diversity through the Indigenous Lens

Text by Jon Waterhouse | Photos by Mary Marshall . . We are now living in the digital era, when practically every component of our lives appears to be moving at an ever-increasing, unstoppable pace. In many instances it is clear that we humans are not capable of keeping up with the technology we are creating,

Photo Gallery: Story Map

by Jennifer McRuer and Nuevas Voces . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . This photo gallery is an extension of Story Map: Youth Reconnect to Place and Biocultural Heritage in Colombia by Jen McRuer. << Previous  |  Next >> . Volume 6, Issue 2 | Editorial | Table of Contents | Subscribe | Buy | Donate

Story Map | Youth Reconnect to Place and Biocultural Heritage in Colombia

by Jennifer McRuer . . We are all stories … of connection, separation, dependence, interdependence, shaped by places, people, memories, perceptions, and dreams. How we connect with the places we call “home” is the essence of this photo essay — particularly, how biological and cultural relationships contribute to our well-being, and how our relationships inform common visions for

Photo Gallery: Tsurushibina

Photos and artwork by Mariia Ermilova . . . . . . . . . This photo gallery is an extension of the full story about tsurushibina. . Volume 6, Issue 2 | Editorial | Table of Contents | Subscribe | Buy | Donate   Mariia Ermilova is pursuing a PhD degree in Landscape Planning at Chiba University’s Graduate School of Horticulture, Japan. Part of her

Tsurushibina | A Traditional Japanese Craft Helps Maintain & Restore Biocultural Knowledge &…

Text, photos, and artwork by Mariia Ermilova “Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty if only we have the eyes to see them.”   — John Ruskin . I want to tell you the story of a Japanese craft that impressed me for its deep connection with the culture and customs of the people.

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