Indigenous Voices

Listening to Our Ancestors: Biocultural Diversity through the Indigenous Lens

Text by Jon Waterhouse | Photos by Mary Marshall National Geographic Explorers Traditional community on the Giraffe River (Bahr-el-Zaraf) in South Sudan, 2011 This article first appeared in Langscape Magazine 6:2, Winter 2017, available from the magazine’s website.  The article can also be read on Langscape Magazine’s Medium site. Langscape Magazine is a Terralingua publication.  We are now living…

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Adding an Indigenous Perspective to a Global Scientific Effort

In an exciting collaboration to better understand the world’s most complicated watersheds, the Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have joined forces to create the Global Rivers Observatory (GRO)—an ambitious effort committed to the continuous study of watershed health around the world. So how cool that they recently invited us…

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Traditional Song and Dance Welcome Hokulea to Tahiti

[This text is from an official press release of the Polynesian Voyaging Society.] (MAHINA, TAHITI) – Legendary voyaging canoes Hokulea, Hikianalia and their crews were welcomed by the Mahina community yesterday. The crews enjoyed performances of traditional song and dance from people of all ages during the arrival celebration hosted on the shores of Mahina, which…

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Hokulea and Hikianalia Arrive in Tahiti Nearing End of Round-the-World Trip

[This text is from an official press release of the Polynesian Voyaging Society.] (TAHITI) – Legendary Polynesian voyaging canoes Hokulea and Hikianalia have arrived in Tahiti. This arrival marks the first time the sister canoes have reunited since the vessels embarked on separate Malama Honua sail plans in spring of 2015 – when Hikianalia sailed…

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Cultivating More Than a Garden in Guatemala’s Highlands

“I have a saying: Don’t confuse poverty with laziness,” says Doña Francisca Ros Gómez*, also known as Doña Fran. She is a 37-year-old single mother of four living in Huica, Huehuetenango, Guatemala. She is also a coffee producer, beekeeper, mushroom grower, gardener and excellent cook. Since 2012, Doña Fran began diversifying the crops that she grows…

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Hokulea’s Worldwide Voyage Arrives in Rapa Nui

[From an official press release of the Polynesian Voyaging Society.] (ANAKENA BEACH, RAPA NUI)  – Voyaging canoe Hokulea and her crew were welcomed and celebrated by the Rapa Nui community at a traditional landing ceremony held yesterday. Hosted at the historic Anakena Beach, Hokulea’s official arrival marks her second visit to Rapa Nui since 1999 and her…

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A Harmonious Resistance Creates Global Solidarity for Standing Rock

For more than a year, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has been at war with natural gas’s close comrade, Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), over the development of the controversial $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline, which has frequently been referred to as “DAPL.” (Many resistance members call it “the Black Snake.”) The approved project designs developed by…

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The Powerful Voices of Women at Standing Rock

By Tania Ellersick, Maggie Lemere, Heather Wilson, and Aiden Korotkin While reports about the historic gathering at Standing Rock often cover the struggles on the “front line” and updates from recognized authorities, the protector camp has been deeply shaped and sustained by women whose stories and perspectives are lesser known. These women—who represent many places,…

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