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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

Langscape Magazine

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 — Terralingua’s flagship publication — offers that you can’t find anywhere else: a cornucopia of biocultural diversity.

Read recent posts or explore the latest issue!

News & Views

Pandemic Perspectives: Photo Essay from Tla-o-qui-aht Territory

During a pandemic, Indigenous communities tend to be among the most vulnerable, given their often-limited access to water, food supplies, adequate healthcare, and other factors. In this special “Pandemic Perspectives” series of our Dispatches, we’re sharing stories from around the world to shed some light on the obstacles Indigenous Peoples face in light of COVID-19

Conserving Biocultural Diversity

Local Knowledge and Self-Determination for Conservation: The Case of the Irular of Tamil Nadu, India

Project Contributor: C. Manjula Irular people inhabiting the southern part of India are one of the 635 indigenous tribal communities of the country. The population of indigenous tribal peoples in India, known collectively as Adivasis (original inhabitants), is estimated to be over 84 million people. Despite these high numbers, these communities usually live on the

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