Conocimiento Ancestral: The Amazonian Social Relation to Nature:
An Open Access Environmental Humanities Digital Project
This project seeks to understand the Amazonian relation to nature by recording Quichua language narratives about the land and its species. The links below lead to short videos of testimonies, stories, and songs about nature. Our method is to interview knowledgeable individuals in the forest setting where their memories are activated by the plants and animals they see. The videos are edited from these longer interviews to exemplify key aspects of Quichua thinking about nature. Although the subtitle are set to English they can be changed to Spanish or Quichua by clicking the settings icon. Because our approach is anthropological linguistics much of our reseat focuses on the Quichua language itself as the vehicle through which the relations to nature is shaped and expressed.