28 Nov '17, 2am

Storytelling empowers indigenous people to conserve their environments

Storytelling empowers indigenous people to conserve their environments

Indigenous storytelling is a powerful tool for preserving biocultural diversity, conservation scientists propose. Conservationists should rise above the field’s historic malpractice by listening to stories and truly collaborating with indigenous people. To successfully collaborate, conservationists must regard indigenous knowledge as valid, act in accordance with standing traditions and maintain a humble willingness to learn. The moon rides high over the Bolivian Amazon as the Tsimané people crowd around the fire to tell stories. A conservation scientist sits among them, leans in to catch every word, and realizes how much he stands to learn from their rich indigenous knowledge. Indigenous storytelling is a powerful tool for preserving biocultural diversity, says Álvaro Fernández-Llamazares, an environmental researcher at the University of Helsinki in Finland. Having heard ...

Full article: https://news.mongabay.com/2017/11/storytelling-empowers-i...

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