Indigenous Voices

Making the Unseen Seen: The True Cost of Oil Spills

In the dark, early hours of October 13th, 2016, the Nathan E. Stewart tugboat and articulated barge surged south through the vast, turbulent waters modernly known as Seaforth Channel in the heart of Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest, in Heiltsuk First Nation territories. The American-based tug (also referred to as the “NES”) was returning to Vancouver…

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“My Life for the Land”: Kiliii Yuyan’s Powerful Article on Indigenous Conservation Efforts

By: Nejma Belarbi, based on an article published on Voices for Biodiversity My Life for the Land, written by Nanai photographer and writer Kiliii Yuyan, illuminates the importance of viewing conservation through the Indigenous lens. The scientific community has begun to recognize Indigenous knowledge as pivotal to conservation efforts. One commonly overlooked reality is the…

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Explorer Spotlight: Asha Stuart Documenting the Lost Tribes of Africa

Asha Stuart is a Young Explorer grantee, and is also part of the Young Explorer Leadership and Development Program. A National Geographic Society grant funded her work so that she could go and document the Siddi tribal people, an African diasporic community that was forcibly taken to India between the 15th and 19th century.  Exploring…

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Tracking Black Rhino on Foot in Community-Owned Sera Rhino Sanctuary, Northern Kenya

A wind was blowing from the west, sending dust devils spinning across northern Kenya’s plains as our guide, Sammy Lemiruni, explained how to track black rhino on foot. We were in Samburu-land en route to Sera Rhino Sanctuary, which became the first sanctuary in East Africa to offer a pioneering rhino-tracking safaris to tourists in…

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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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