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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.’

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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!

News & Views

Call for Contributions to Langscape Magazine, Vol. 9-1

The Other Extinction Rebellion: Countering the Loss of Biocultural Diversity Terralingua has just announced a new Call for Contributions! The theme is “The Other Extinction Rebellion: Countering the Loss of Biocultural Diversity.” We’re inviting contributions in one of five formats: written story, photo essay, video, poetry, and artwork. Keep this in mind: We’re looking for contributions with an

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Editorial | Bringing the Past into the Future

Re-Storying Biocultural Diversity: Wisdom from Young Indigenous Leaders Langscape Magazine Volume 8, Special Double Issue Summer/ Winter 2019 . Bringing the Past into the Future by Luisa Maffi and David Harmon . “We, the Indigenous Peoples, walk to the future in the footprints of our ancestors.” So begins the Kari-Oca Declaration and Indigenous Peoples’ Earth

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