Traditional Forest Culture: Guardians of the Forest. Bioregion: Austral Forest (Chile, New Zealand, Australia).

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Traditional Forest Culture: Guardians of the Forest. Bioregion: Austral Forest (Chile, New Zealand, Australia).

Guardians of the Forest Online Event with Melinir Family, Comunidad Quinquen, Chaz Doherty, Juan Francisco Salazar, Piki Diamond, Mark Greenhill, Glarinda Andre

Traditional forest knowledge for spiritual, ecological and cultural transformation.

Wednesday 16th June 2021 to Wednesday 23rd December 2020 Online Event

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Guardians of the Forest

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.

Wednesday 16th June 2021 to Wednesday 23rd December 2020 Online Event

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Guardians of the Forest

A unique online course in somatic, spiritual and practical approaches to forest care with practitioners from communities in 30 nations around the world.

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Melinir Family, Comunidad Quinquen #

Quinquen is a renowned community of indigenous Pewenche people— literally, the people of the pewen tree or araucaria.

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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.

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Juan Francisco Salazar #

Juan Francisco Salazar is an anthropologist and documentary filmmaker with a PhD in Communication and Media from Western Sydney University.

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Piki Diamond #

Piki was born and raised in Tauranga yet she is of Ngāpuhi and Ngāti Tūwharetoa descent.

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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.

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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+).

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