Amazonian Perspective
We spoke with three indigenous leaders, Ninawá Inu Bakê Huni Kui, Chief of the Huni Kuin Tribe, Benki Piyãko, a leader of the Ashaninka tribe, and Sonia Guajajara, indigenous activist, environmentalist, and politician. They discuss seeing the forest as having personhood, every living being within it interconnected by the protective and regenerative power of mother nature.
Art and Science
Araquém Alcântara, considered one of the most important nature photographers in Brazil, and acclaimed scientist Antonio Nobre, who talks about earth sciences with love. We spoke to them about the need for both art and science, A parallel story illustrates the unique combination that Art and Science brings to the world and calls for more voices to chronicle the beauty and soul of the Amazon rainforest.
Developing Projects
In 2019, artist Joseph Michael began scanning culturally and ecologically significant trees in New Zealand and Brazil. This project took him to the farthest reaches of the Amazon rainforest and led to an exploration into what makes this the most biodiverse place on the planet. Michael also discusses his process as an artist, which enables urban audiences to experience the scale, richness and fragility of such remote places.
Taking Action
A range of voices share their observations, concerns and hopes around issues related to the Amazon rainforest and the impacts of human activity on rivers and ecosystems
He Awa Whiria (Braided Rivers)
An approach developed by Professors Angus and Sonja Macfarlane. The metaphor describes how western science and indigenous knowledge are like two rivers that run beside each weaving together to find a shared understanding. We spoke with the founders of He Awa Whiria to discuss the importance of this approach.
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