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Welcome to Terralingua — Your Hub for Biocultural Diversity.

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Did you know? Biocultural diversity is the diversity of life in nature and culture. It’s a living network made up of the millions of species of plants and animals and the thousands of human cultures and languages that have evolved on earth. And you are a part of it!

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Think of it as biodiversity, cultural diversity, and linguistic diversity all bound together — interconnected and interdependent. That “inextricable link” has arisen over time through coevolution and through the myriad ways in which people around the globe have interacted with the natural environment.

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We at Terralingua came together around the idea of “biocultural diversity” 25 years ago. In fact, we coined that term! We recognized that diversity in both nature and culture is vital for the thriving of life on earth, and since then we’ve been promoting understanding, appreciation, and support of biocultural diversity worldwide.

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If you, like us, believe that sustaining biocultural diversity is essential for a healthy, just, and resilient future of life on earth, you’ve come to the right place! We’re your hub to learn more about biocultural diversity, where you can read stories, find resources, watch videos and listen to podcasts, and more.

Featured Updates

Langscape Magazine 12

Purchase the Latest Issue of Langscape Magazine!

Langscape Magazine Vol. 12 was an invitation to storytellers around the world to share their ideas, reflections, and on-the-ground experiences about the interplay of rights and responsibilities and how that dynamic contributes to fostering a biocultural resurgence. We have a small handful of print copies remaining and an unlimited number of PDFs. Buy a copy for yourself or someone else.

Indigenous Youth Storytellers Circle

Explore inspiring first-person stories from Indigenous youths worldwide! We started our Indigenous Youth Storytellers Circle in 2019 as an official project of the UN’s International Year of Indigenous Languages. The project was such a great success that we are continuing to gather and publish their important stories. Learn More.

Donate to Support Stories about Nature, Language, and Culture

Each and every story we publish educates and inspires about biocultural diversity. All of these stories are freely accessible online! Our goal is to bring the concept of biocultural diversity to hundreds of thousands — even millions — of people around the world, especially to younger generations, so that they can learn about the inextricable link between nature, culture, and language and push for change. Please Donate

Langscape Magazine

Unique stories celebrating the bounty of diversity in nature and culture. Indigenous and non-Indigenous voices and viewpoints. Stunning pictures, videos, and art. Discover Langscape Magazine, our flagship publication — thought-provoking, inspiring, and always ad-free.

Tales of a Cursed Ship

Two Indigenous youths from Indonesia delve into a mysterious legend and learn important lessons about nature, culture, and spirit. WORDS AND VIDEO Abraham Parera and Fauz Ma . In the village of Dobo, close to Maumere in Flores Island, Indonesia, there is a mysterious artifact that was given the name Jong Dobo. The legend about

Reclaiming Our Identity

A proud Lotha-Naga youth tells the story of his peoples and speaks to the importance of good values among humans. Riathung Ngüllie . Nina ha ete Kyong kae? (Are you a human/person too?) This is how I identify a community member or a fellow countryperson. Then comes, Nino enti yanla, ento jipo la? (Which village

Featured Projects

Indigenous Youth Storytellers Circle

Explore inspiring, first-person stories from Indigenous youth worldwide — and share your own! Our Indigenous Youth Storytellers Circle (IYSC) provides a global platform for Indigenous youths to share their unique perspectives online and/or in print via Langscape Magazine, Terralingua’s flagship publication.

News & Views

Looking for a Logo Designer!

Terralingua is looking for a talented graphic designer to help with a logo design for the Indigenous Youth Storytellers Circle (IYSC). The IYSC is a Terralingua project that began in 2019 as an official project of the UN’s International Year of Indigenous Languages. Since then, more than 60 talented young authors, poets, artists, photographers, and

Year-End Message from Dr. Luisa Maffi

Dear Terralingua Friends and Supporters, If you are like me, these days you may be asking yourselves how to keep a positive outlook in the midst of one of the darkest periods in recent history! With war raging on several fronts, social and political tensions and strife all over the world, the ravages of climate

Donate to Support Biocultural Diversity!

People often ask us what they can do for biocultural diversity. These are people who know full well that diversity in both nature and culture is vital for the survival and thriving of life on this planet. Yet, they feel overwhelmed by the existential crisis we face here on earth: climate change, biodiversity loss, ecosystem