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Welcome to Terralingua! For over two decades, we’ve been working to promote understanding, appreciation, and support of biocultural diversity, the diversity of life in nature and culture. We believe that the world’s biodiversity, cultural diversity, and linguistic diversity are interlinked and interdependent and that sustaining biocultural diversity is essential for a healthy, just, and resilient future of life on earth.

Explore this far-reaching idea with us! As pioneers and leaders in this field, we have gathered a uniquely rich and wide-ranging set of resources on biocultural diversity. On this website, you can learn the basics; browse our flagship magazine and other publications and videos; discover our projects and a wealth of tools for research, education, and practice; and find out how to get involved.

Delve in, and you may realize you’re making connections that you had never thought of before and that change the way you look at the world and our place in it!

But why “Terralingua,” you ask? What’s in that name? Here goes:

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Terralingua n 1: the languages of the Earth, the many voices of the world’s diverse peoples. 2: the language of the Earth, the voice of Mother Nature. 3: an international nonprofit organization that works to sustain the biocultural diversity of life – a vital heritage to be valued, protected, and nurtured for generations to come. ¶ From Italian terra ‘earth’ and lingua ‘language.’

Our Work

A wealth of resources and tools for understanding and sustaining biocultural diversity

An integrative approach to teaching and learning about biocultural diversity

Supporting Indigenous Peoples’ efforts to reclaim their languages and cultural traditions

Our Flagship Publication

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Langscape Magazine

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Unique, authentic stories from all over the globe, celebrating the bounty of diversity in nature and culture—all told by the people who live and breathe the realities they portray. Novel insights. Stunning pictures, videos, and art.

That’s what Langscape Magazine offers that you can’t find anywhere else: a cornucopia of biocultural diversity. Read, enjoy, and be inspired!

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The Indigenous Youth Storytellers Circle: Share Your Story with the World!

Official Project of Terralingua and the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages An Invitation to Young Indigenous People Ages 18–30   All across the world, young Indigenous people like you are taking the lead in showing ways to live respectfully on Earth. Your languages, your cultures, and your homelands bear the wisdom of generations

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I Want to Keep the Past and Bring It into the Future

Vova Yadne (Nenets, Russian Federation), interviewed by Galya Morrell I started carving when I was five. But even before that, I saw mammoth tusks in our Nenets tundra and played with them: they were my toys. I watched my father carving. I saw plain bones magically transforming into animals, humans, and spirits. I was intrigued

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