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The Wild Symphony: Making Music with the Ancient Voices of the Amazon

The Wild Symphony

In the Colombian Amazon, musicians listen to the forest and create music that resonates with it. WORDS, IMAGES, AND VIDEO    Diego Samper   . Calanoa is a place of encounters. Encounters with the other and with the Wild. It is a laboratory of applied creativity, a lab of alternative educational processes, a lab where art is understood as

Decolonizing Regenerative Agriculture: An Indigenous Perspective

Native Farm to School program

An interview with A-dae Romero-Briones A conversation about the need to decolonize regenerative agriculture by acknowledging Indigenous Peoples’ land stewardship. Arty Mangan Regenerative agriculture is a system of farming principles and practices that build healthy soil, increase biodiversity, and improve watersheds. It can also mitigate climate change by drawing down carbon from the atmosphere and

Trees or Us?

Trees or Us

Art with a message: we must stand for the trees, so they will stand for us. WORDS AND ART    Barbara Derrick . About the Artwork To many, I’m known as the “Blue Artist.” I created my painting “Trees or Us” from the richest of colors and bluest of blue, to draw viewers telekinetically to what appears

De Prima: Stories of the Old Days in Umbria, the Green Heart of Italy

WORDS AND IMAGES Anna Maffi . . Olives, grapes, barley, alfalfa, and a few fruit trees are the main crops grown in the valley of San Giacomo, a tiny rural hamlet of perhaps fifty souls in Umbria, the green heart of Italy. Its dwellers consider the valley “golden” for its fertility. South-facing exposure, sandy loams,

One Square Meter: Wool Art Honors the Biocultural Diversity of Mobile Pastoralists

needle-felting process

WORDS Liza Zogib, Divya Venkatesh, Sandra Spissinger, and Concha Salguero ART Almudena Sánchez Sánchez, Ana Trejo Rodríguez, and Inés García Zapata What follows is the story of One Square Meter — a story of how a creative art piece can make a compelling case for conservation in an entirely different way.   DiversEarth is one

When Home Becomes a Protected Area: The Udege People and the Bikin River Valley in the Russian Far East

Udege

WORDS Aleksandra Bocharnikova IMAGES Aleksandra Bocharnikova, Tatjana Bocharnikova, and Alexei Kudryavtcev The Sikhote-Alin is a mountain range in Russia’s Pacific Far East. This territory contains one of the largest unmodified temperate forests in the Northern hemisphere. The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) states that its protected areas are “considered to contain the

In the Abode of the Clouds: Biocultural Diversity of Meghalaya, India

Khasi

WORDS Raynold Lyngdoh IMAGES Raynold and Anne Lyngdoh Nestled in the more secluded northeastern region of India are several unique tribal groups, each diverse and distinct in their own right. Every group faces immense challenges in maintaining their linguistic and cultural diversity, as globalization and external influences perpetually challenge and erode the age-old traditional practices

Mangroves, Education, and Recovery of the Territory: Biocultural Diversity in Bahía Solano, Colombia

mangroves

WORDS Felipe Rodríguez Moreno and Norma Constanza Castaño Cuéllar IMAGES Felipe Rodríguez Moreno Bahía Solano is a municipality located in the Chocó District on the Pacific coast of Colombia, which over the past decades has undergone profound social and cultural transformations. A decree by the Colombian government created Bahía Solano as an agricultural colony in

The Obvious Mirror: How Biocultural Diversity Is Reflected in the Natural World

Reflection of the natural world

WORDS AND IMAGES Nejma Belarbi “All things in creation are sacred and have a diversity much beyond our understanding.” ―My grandmother, Fakhita Jazouli “Get on your hands and knees on the side of the dirt road and look down to find medicinal plants. A square foot will do.” I immediately felt that would be all

Tunun Kayutukun: Words Have Power

hunters

WORDS Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff and Libby Roderick IMAGES Paul Melovidov and Barbara Lestenkof Contrary to most people in modern societies who see words simply as vehicles for conveying information or expressing thoughts and feelings, people in traditional Indigenous societies view words as entities that carry great power; therefore, they must be chosen and used with