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Welcome to Terralingua — Your Hub for Biocultural Diversity.


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!


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.


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.


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, then 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.

Join Us for a Conversation on October 24th!

In this livestream event, Luisa Maffi will be hosting a conversation about the interplay of rights and responsibilities and how that dynamic contributes to fostering a biocultural resurgence. Our esteemed guests are ​Jeff Ganohalidoh Corntassel; ​Gretchen Walters; and ​Kawika Winter, all contributors to our latest issue of Langscape Magazine. Learn More and Register.

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.

Nature Is Our Culture

A young Madia man overcomes discrimination and reconnects with his cultural identity. WORDS Natthu Maroti Gawade with Aniket Bambole | IMAGES Natthu Maroti Gawade . I’m Natthu Maroti Gawade, thirty-four years old, a resident of Kothri village, Bharbhidi post, Chamorshi Taluk, Gadchiroli district, Maharashtra, India. I belong to the Madia Indigenous community (one of the

Food and Culture

A young Naga woman connects with her Indigenous identity through the art of cooking while studying away from her homeland. Kikarenla Jamir . I come from the Naga Indigenous tribe of Northeast India. We have been identified as a minority and recognized as “the Other” because we are different from the “mainlanders” of India physically,

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

Get Our Latest Issue of Langscape Magazine!

For this issue of Langscape Magazine, we asked our contributors some thought-provoking questions: Can we have rights without responsibilities? Is today’s predominant focus on rights distracting us from paying attention to the other side of the coin: our fundamental responsibilities toward one another and toward the earth? Can we achieve a biocultural resurgence — a

Send A Story for Our Next Issue of Langscape Magazine

We’re inviting Expressions of Interest on the theme of “Territories of Life: Sources of Biocultural Diversity, Resilience, and Self-Determination” for Langscape Magazine, to be published in 2024. [UPDATE: The Call for Stories is Now Closed] “Territories of life” includes — but is not limited to — Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas (ICCAs) and Indigenous Protected

Send Your Story to the Indigenous Youth Storytellers Circle

We’re calling for stories from young Indigenous people from around the world. If you’re a young Indigenous person up to 35 years old, we invite you to join the Indigenous Youth Storytellers  Circle! [UPDATE: The Call for Stories is Now Closed] Your story can be about any of the following four areas, or any combination