Consciousness & Spirituality, Activism & Leadership
Traditional Forest Culture: Guardians of the Forest. Bioregion: Austral Forest (Chile, New Zealand, Australia & Pacific Islands).
Guardians of the Forest Online Event with Melinir Family, Comunidad Quinquen, Chaz Doherty, Juan Francisco Salazar, Mark Greenhill, Glarinda Andre
Traditional forest knowledge for spiritual, ecological and cultural transformation.
Cultural practices affirm ethical and ecological relations to land and forest. Song, story, dance and other cultural and creative practices are vital to an experiential and lived-in understanding of how we can care for trees, and how forests transform human society.
16 June, 2021
Workshop 1 led by the Melinir family in the Pewenche community of Quinquen, who have led successful land reclamation and forest protection in Chile. They will show traditional harvesting of araucaria pines and discuss the role of cultural practices in preserving traditional ecological knowledge.
Workshop 2 led by Chaz Doherty of the Tuhoe nation (Te Urewera) on traditional forest knowledge, resistance, and the role of artistic practice and creativity (wood carving).
23 June, 2021
Workshop 3 led by Glarinda Andre on forest protection in Vanuatu and the Pacific Islands.
Workshop 4 led by Juan Francisco Salazar and Mark Greenhill on cross-cultural connections between Chile and Australia, the significance of the Wollemi pine in Australia, and the plight to save the Blue Mountains forests from wild bushfires.
Guardians of the Forest
Melinir Family, Comunidad Quinquen #
Quinquen is a renowned community of indigenous Pewenche people— literally, the people of the pewen tree or araucaria.
Chaz Doherty #
The Tūhoe have lived in Te Urewera, the largest Indigenous Forest in The Fish of Māui (Te ika a Māui) also known as the North Island of Aotearoa/New Zealand.
Juan Francisco Salazar #
Juan Francisco Salazar is an anthropologist and documentary filmmaker with a PhD in Communication and Media from Western Sydney University.
Mark Greenhill #
Mark Greenhill has been a Blue Mountains City councillor for 17 years, seven of which he has served as Mayor after being first elected in 2013 and again in 2018.
Glarinda Andre #
An indigenous community leader from Vanuatu, Glarinda Andre is the coordinator of the Live & Learn project, part of the Nakau Programme for sustainably financed, indigenous-led ecosystem protection and restoration under the umbrella of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+).