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Territories of Life: Sources of Biocultural Diversity, Resilience, and Self-Determination

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Langscape Magazine, Volume 13, 2024

Editorial

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Luisa Maffi

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Reclaiming

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Radicle Reclamation
Rooted in place like radicles that nourish plant seeds, Indigenous Peoples’ relationships to their territories of life re-emerge despite the legacy of colonialism.
Faisal Moola and Kanna K. Siripurapu

Sacrifice Zones
In a Québec watershed, a student documents the transformation of territories of life into toxic dumping grounds—and back.
Alex DePani

Black to the Land
A Black urban girl in Upstate New York reclaims ancestral gardening.
Rehani Tapp

The Past Is Our Future
In the mountains of Taiwan, Tayal community members reaffirm their ancestral knowledge and cultural identity to protect their territory of life.
Manju Maharjan and Yih-Ren Lin

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Defending

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Wellsprings of Territories of Life
Gaoli pastoralists in central India assert their traditional natural resource governance against fortress conservation.
Ajinkya Shahane, Pandhari Hekade, Kanna K. Siripurapu, and Prafulla Kalokar

Orans in Peril
In Rajasthan, agro-pastoralists defend their sacred landscapes from “green” development.
Rudrath Avinashi

Fragments of Amazonia
A visual artist vividly portrays the Waorani people’s struggle to defend their Amazonian territory from oil exploitation.
Djam Zerrifi

Fishing in Troubled Waters
Loktak Lake fishers in Northeast India assert their inherent right to their territory of life.
Salam Rajesh

Tama’s Dream
The Hewa of Papua New Guinea pursue conservation-based development by maintaining traditional biodiverse mosaics on their lands.
William Thomas

Conservation Deeds by the People, for the People
In Papua New Guinea, Indigenous communities adopt conservation deeds to protect their lands on their own terms.
Tanya Zeriga and Mavis Jimbudo

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Maintaining

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Voices of the Hindu Kush
In a remote area of northwestern Pakistan, the Kalash community has maintained harmony with its territory of life.
Ajaz Ahmed

Reeds of Harmony
As guardian of a tradition that breathes life into the land, a Nigerian weaver engages in a timeless dance with her reeds.
Ode Dixon

Whispers of the Forest
An ancient healing practice persists and thrives in the forests of a territory of life in central India.
Shubham A. Agrawal

Oldoinyo Sambu
A Maasai man tells the story of his splendid and diverse territory of life in Tanzania.
Alois Porokwa

Painting the Unseen
A collaborative project centers more-than-human worlds in Bhutan’s protected and conserved areas.
David Hecht and Gyempo Wangchuk

Enspirited Landscapes
In the heart of the Hengduan Mountains of southwest China, Qiangic-speaking peoples maintain their bond with culture, place, and the spirit world.
Dan Meir

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Rebuilding
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The Nyishi Fly on the Hornbills’ Wings
Removed from their lands by a tiger conservation project, Indigenous villagers in Northeast India reconnect with their forest home through hornbill conservation.
Upayan Chatterjee

Basandja
In the heart of the Congo, a community revives a traditional code of conduct for caring for the environment.
Petna Ndaliko Katondolo with Maurice Carney

Cultivating Ngāti Manu Kaitiakitanga
In Aotearoa, a marae-based educational program rebuilds connection with ancestral land and water in a changing social and environmental context.
Suz Te Tai, Kim Peita, and Krushil Watene

The Many Voices of the Sea
A refuge for migrants crossing the Mediterranean, Malta rediscovers its land-based identity while helping newcomers rebuild theirs.
Mario Gerada

I Am Still Hmong
A Hmong immigrant finds her way back home through her language and her poetry.
Pa Vue

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(Re)Imagining

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My Body, My Ancestor, My Home
Lacking roots in either of his ancestral places of origin, a Chinese-French dancer learns to inhabit his own body as a territory of life.
Chang Liu

Homecoming
In a fictional account set in the near future, a Badaga woman goes home to the forest of her dreams in the Nilgiri Mountains of South India.
Monisha Raman

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Web Extra

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Life in Territories
Tea and coffee plantations in southern India encroach on Indigenous Peoples’ ways of life and threaten the protection of their sacred groves.
Lakshmi Unnithan

 

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