Few things bring people together more often and intimately than foraging, preparing, and sharing food. Such experiences, of course, are utterly dependent on the health and resilience of Earth’s environmental systems. Our Ecuadorian journey provides a unique opportunity to reflect on this interdependence.
By learning Amazonian stories, about the ways knowledge is embedded and expressed in language, religion, ritual, and everyday practices, we’ll dive deep into Amazonian biocultures and the reciprocal relationships between human lifeways and ecosystems.
We’ll learn about how Amazonian peoples have adapted to the places they depend on, and how their languages, cosmovisions, and non-human inhabitants are entangled in these processes. We’ll discuss with local knowledge holders the challenges they face as modern civilization continues to extend its impacts into what were, until recently, some of the most biologically intact and remote regions of the planet. And we’ll spend time considering the interconnections and relationships between the places we come from and those we’re experiencing in Ecuador.
With Lisa María Madera as our guide we will connect to botanists, biologists, and cultural experts who will provide a rich array of knowledge that will help us better understand the local landscape. Through added insights and global contexts provided by Bron Taylor, we will not only explore and enjoy unique ecosystems and the myriad of beautiful and unusual flora and fauna that constitute them but we will also reflect on our relationships, responsibilities, and indeed, our kinship, with the entire community of life.