A biocultural conflict between a coming-of-age ceremony of the Daasanach community and wildlife conservation exists in East Africa, but the young community members are calling for alternatives that support their ceremony and wildlife conservation, a study from the University of Helsinki finds.
Category Archives: Indigenous Studies
Engaging with extraction: stone mining as a part of indigenous emotional landscape
The mining industry is often connected to polarized emotional responses. It evokes hopes for a better future while causing worries over environmental harm or resource depletion. Mining development changes local relations with the landscape but also forms new connections between humans and resources. My postdoctoral project at Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS) focuses on …
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Sustainability science is more about listening than re-inventing the wheel – Indigenous voices for sustainability
In September 2019, thirty engaged scholars from diverging fields from Finland and Taiwan gathered to ponder upon the questions “What is Indigenous sustainabilities?”, “How can Indigenous perspectives contribute to sustainability science?” and “How can sustainability science become more sensitive towards Indigenous perspectives and worldviews?”.
Life of Indigenous Languages
In 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages (IYIL2019) declared by the United Nations raised awareness on the immense value of Indigenous languages diversity. It also drew attention to the alarming rate to which many languages are turning into sleeping languages and endangered.