WATERING THE EARTH WITH TEARS:  THE AMAZONIAN SOCIAL RELATION TO NATURE  

An Open Access Environmental Humanities Digital  Project

INTRODUCTION

This project presents the Amazonian relation to nature by linking short videos of testimonies, stories, and songs to the names of the plant and animal species that are the subjects of the narratives.    The species and videos are also linked to the various stages of the human lifecycle through which they are experienced.   Furthermore, they are linked to the sensory mode through which the species is perceived or engaged in the video: sound (language, singing), sight (gesture, the visual arts), smell, o taste.   Our approach is to interview knowledgeable individuals in the forest setting where their memories are activated by the plants and animals they see. The videos presented here are edited down from these longer interviews to exemplify key aspects of Kichwa thinking about nature or particular species.  Although the subtitles are set to English they can be changed to Spanish or Kichwa by clicking the settings icon. Much of our recent work focuses on how the Kichwa language serves as a vehicle through which the relation to nature is shaped and expressed. 

VIDEOS 

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TOPICS  

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 The Land    

 

      Relatives who went away: Origins Stories and the Meaning of Biodiversity

      Forests

      Rivers and Rain

      Sky, Sun, Moon and Stars and Thunder

Amazonian Arts and the Senses
How language and the arts mediate between humans and other species

SOUND
Human Language and the Languages of Nature

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THE VISUAL ARTS and AROMAS

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