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Celebrate & Support Biocultural Diversity this May

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This month, the UN celebrates Cultural Diversity Day (May 21) and Biological Diversity Day (May 22). We at Terralingua would like to take that a step further and recommend that Cultural Diversity Day and Biodiversity Day would be better combined into Biocultural Diversity Day! Cultural diversity and biological diversity are inextricably interlinked; both give vitality

During a Pandemic, Indigenous Voices Matter More Than Ever

Photo by Cristina Mittermeier

In late February, when we launched the theme for the upcoming issue of Langscape Magazine, “The Other Extinction Rebellion: Countering the Loss of Biocultural Diversity,” the coronavirus still was but a remote threat for most people. Just a few weeks later, much of the world is in lockdown and social, economic, and educational activities are disrupted

In the Land of the River-Mirrors: Dialogues about “Bee-cultural” Diversity

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Walter Gabriel Estrada Ramírez and Juan Manuel Rosso Londoño Origins Walter I was born on the 2nd of May, 1989, in the Guadalajara community, along the Paca River in the Colombian Vaupés, Northwestern Amazon. I belong to the Siriano ethnic group as for my father-line, and my mother belongs to the Bará ethnic group from

Ewaso Ng’iro Camel Caravan

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Video and text by Laissa Malih (Kenyan Laikipian Maasai), age 25 The Ewaso Ng’iro Camel Caravan is a five-day annual journey for climate change adaptation and peaceful co-existence along the Ewaso Ng’iro River in Kenya. The purpose is to promote shared understanding of threats facing the river, along with the cooperation needed to lessen them. Camels are used

Biocultural Features of Urban Gardens & Yards Enhance Place-making & Belonging in South African Townships

by Duncan Haynes, Michelle Cocks, and Charlie Shackleton . . South African cities and towns continue to reflect legacies of colonialism and apartheid, during which urban black Africans were restricted to living in designated areas, locally termed “townships.” Generally, townships were poorly serviced, with a high proportion of informal structures, backyard dwellers, and widespread poverty.

Listening to Our Ancestors | Biocultural Diversity through the Indigenous Lens

Text by Jon Waterhouse | Photos by Mary Marshall . . We are now living in the digital era, when practically every component of our lives appears to be moving at an ever-increasing, unstoppable pace. In many instances it is clear that we humans are not capable of keeping up with the technology we are creating,

Thinking Like Fire | The Biocultural Art of Firelighting

by Hilary Vidalakis . There’s a tiny subculture of place-loving men and women who specialize in burning the land. “Prescribed fire,” they call it, though the term strikes me as arrogant; after three winters spent elbow-deep in the craft, lighting fires across the swamps and mountains and sandhill forests of Georgia, and despite the physical

In Praise of Negentropy | Art and the Micropolitics of Biocultural Diversity

Text and artwork by Rosa Caterina Bosch Rubio All photos by the artist, except as noted . . I am a visual artist based in Mallorca, the largest of the Balearic Islands (Spain), where isolation and globalization collide as in a Big Bang spectacle. Here is where my work begins, emerging from what remains and searching for

Editorial  | Coming Full Circle

Through A Different Lens: The Art & Science of Biocultural Diveristy Langscape Magazine Volume 6, Issue 1, Summer 2017 . Coming Full Circle Luisa Maffi . Over twenty years ago, I was sitting in a conference room on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley, along with some thirty other people  —  academics as

Flourishing at Twenty: On Context and Foundations in the Rise of the Concept of Biocultural…

by Ken Wilson In the last issue of Langscape, Dave Harmon traced the emergence of the field of biocultural diversity as a call for engagement with the beautifully rich complexity of life. In this second take on “biocultural diversity at twenty,” I ponder the emergence of the concept (and field) from the perspective of the history

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