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

needle-felting process

Text by Liza Zogib, Divya Venkatesh, Sandra Spissinger, and Concha Salguero . Artwork by 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.

Of Cassowaries and Men: Mapping Indigenous Knowledge Networks to Empower Biocultural Conservation in New Guinea

Tama cutting a path

Text by William H. Thomas Social Network Analysis and graphs by Chris Leberknight I began working in New Guinea in 1988. My first teacher was a man named Tama. Tama was born and had spent most of his life in the heart of this island, roaming the forests at the headwaters of the Strickland River

Salmon and the Poetics of Place

by Nigel Haggan . . The Salmon of Science Rivers and streams carry nutrients and young salmon to the Pacific Ocean. Returning salmon spawn and die, contributing thousands of tonnes of nitrogen, phosphorus, and carbon to freshwater and forest ecosystems. The size of past salmon runs is reflected in the growth rings of riverside trees. At least

Pipelines and the Poetics of Place: Bringing a Fuller Set of Values into Environmental Assessment

by Nigel Haggan Note: Please see YouTube for a video from the 2017 Pipelines and the Poetics of Place event in Vancouver, BC. . . As “tar sands,” the Alberta bitumen deposits are a vector for protest. As “oil sands,” they are hailed as vital to Canada’s economy. The Enbridge Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan pipeline

We Want to Map

by Barbara Dovarch . People mapping is a creative and serious game Local knowledge and everyday experience are needed to play There are no losers or winners, but roles and positions There are no leaders or teachers; everyone is both expert and learner There are no hierarchies, the main rule is respect Every voice can

Photo Gallery | People Mapping: Visualizing Sense of Place for Decision Making

by Barbara Dovarch   . . . . . . . . . . . This photo gallery is an extension of “People Mapping: Visualizing Sense of Place for Decision Making” by Barbara Dovarch. . Back to Vol. 6, Issue 1 | Read the Table of Contents | Like Our Stories? Please Donate!

People Mapping: Visualizing Sense of Place for Decision Making

by Barbara Dovarch   Planning and resource management in urban and rural development often fail to meaningfully engage local inhabitants. That misses two important aspects: firstly, a narrative of places already exists and is embedded in local knowledge; secondly, people are experts on their own living spaces. In addition, spaces and related processes are socially

We Feed the World: Photographing Traditional Knowledge in the Kalix Communities of Northern Sweden

Text by Francesca Price Photographs by Clare Benson . We Feed the World is an international photographic initiative hosted by the Gaia Foundation. For the last thirty years, Gaia has worked with Indigenous communities to preserve local knowledge and enhance community ecological governance in order to revive biocultural diversity, regenerate healthy ecosystems and food systems,

Listening to Country: Language, Art, and Conservation in Coastal Queensland, Australia

Corrigan artwork

Text and artwork by Colleen Corrigan “Without language you can’t describe your Country.” —Melinda Holden (Gurang Elder) . I was sitting across from Maureen at her kitchen table, with the lens of my video camera focused on a bowl of fruit because she didn’t want to be filmed in her housecoat. Her mannerisms and humor

When Art Beats Science: Saving Tree Kangaroos with Song and Dance in Papua New Guinea

by Jean Thomas . . For tens of thousands of years, the people of Papua New Guinea (PNG) have hunted animals for food. They used bows and arrows, made traps, and used poison vines. In the 1950s this all changed for the Wape people of the Torricelli Mountain Range, a remote area in northwestern PNG.

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