Traditional Forest Culture: Guardians of the Forest. Bioregion: Austral Forest (Chile, New Zealand, Australia).
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 Glarinda Andre on forest protection in Vanuatu and the Pacific Islands.
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); and Piki Diamond on the significance of the Kauri tree in Maori cosmovision and the educational power of storytelling.
23 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 Professor 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
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+).