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Apricot Tree

A poem that pays homage to trees as our Elders, life-givers, and first teachers. Chang Liu (劉長亭) . Disciple-less, you were dropping bushels of unrecorded wisdom all over the sidewalk in great pulpy explosions.   The owners were away for the summer — not to blame.   Years later, to my microphone a shriveled Ngäbere

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

The Girl and the Geese

Girl and the Geese

An Ojibway girl tells a traditional tale with important life lessons that she first heard from her Grandpa. WORDS Nova Whetung | IMAGES Darryl Whetung . Many years ago, there was a family preparing for a hard and cold winter season soon arriving to an Ojibway winter village on the Great Lakes of Ontario. A

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

Photo Gallery: Tsurushibina

IMAGES Mariia Ermilova . . . . . . . . . Read the full “Tsurushibina” story with more text, photos, and artwork by Mariia Ermilova. Back to Volume 10   |   Read the Table of Contents   |   Like Our Stories? Please Donate! . Mariia Ermilova, PhD, is a postdoctoral researcher at the Graduate School of

Tsurushibina: A Traditional Japanese Craft Helps Maintain and Restore Biocultural Knowledge and People’s Connection with Nature

WORDS AND IMAGES Mariia Ermilova “Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty if only we have the eyes to see them.”   — John Ruskin . I want to tell you the story of a Japanese craft that impressed me for its deep connection with the culture and customs of the people. As

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