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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

Marine Biodiversity & Cultural Diversity: The Coastal Communities of Trivandrum, Kerala, India

by Lisba Yesudas & Johnson Jament (Mukkuvar, India) Marine biodiversity and cultural diversity are deeply interwoven in the coastal fishing communities of Trivandrum, Kerala, South India. This is the story of our ancestors, the story of our fellow community members; it is the story of our life! It is about our connection with the sea,

Biocultural Heritage: The Fishing Villages of the Far North of Sweden

Joakim Boström and Anna-Märta Henriksson (Kalix, Sweden) and Marie Kvarnström In the villages of the Kalix archipelago in the far north of Sweden, the community-based organization Kustringen is aiming to conserve local and traditional knowledge, practices, and innovations related to fishing and archipelago life in general. The archipelago lies in the Bothnian Bay, the northernmost

North East Network Farm School

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Story by Kewekhrozo (Peter) Thopi, age 30, Chakhesang Naga (India); and Tshenyilou (Lele) Chirhah, age 26, Chakhesang Naga (India) Nagaland is a small mountain state in the North East Region (NER) of India. NER is one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots, and the diverse ethnic communities of the region have significantly contributed to sustaining this

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

Biocultural Heritage in Fishing Villages in the Far North of Sweden

Joakim Boström, Anna-Märta Henriksson, and Marie Kvarnström In the villages of the Kalix archipelago in the far north of Sweden, the community-based organization Kustringen is aiming to conserve local and traditional knowledge, practices, and innovations related to fishing and archipelago life in general. The archipelago lies in the Bothnian Bay, the northernmost part of the

Photo Gallery: Tsurushibina

Photos and artwork by Mariia Ermilova . . . . . . . . . This photo gallery is an extension of the full story about tsurushibina. . Volume 6, Issue 2 | Editorial | Table of Contents | Subscribe | Buy | Donate   Mariia Ermilova is pursuing a PhD degree in Landscape Planning at Chiba University’s Graduate School of Horticulture, Japan. Part of her

Protecting Biodiversity in Dakshinkali, A Sacred Grove in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

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A Photo Essay by Sheetal Vaidya and Asha Paudel Dakshinkali is a sacred grove located at 1550 m of altitude about 22 km south of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu. It is a local symbol of divinity, devoted to the Goddess Kali. Hindus consider Kali to be the supreme, dark female power whose role is to destroy evil.

Melquiades’s Garden | Exploring the Cultivated Nature of Mexico’s Chinantla Region

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by Aran Shetterly . . A taxi collected me at my hotel in Oaxaca at 3:30 AM and whisked me through the silent streets of the Mexican city to the office of a small conservation NGO. A van pulled up and I squeezed on, wedging myself and a bulky backpack between half-asleep passengers on the

When Grasshopper Means Lightning | How Ecological Knowledge is Encoded in Endangered Languages

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by David Stringer . . Endangered Languages and Biocultural Diversity Conservation Just over twenty years ago, many linguists were shocked into a new sense of urgency when Michael Krauss wrote his classic short article on the status of the world’s languages, in which he lamented that linguistics was about to “go down in history as the

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