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Traditional Societies

  • Joseph Chemaina shows off a log beehive high atop a Yemdit tree (Credit: Moraa Obiria)

    Flown away: Kenya’s indigenous Ogieks struggle to adapt to a changing climate

    December 10, 2015

    On the hills of Mariashoni in the eastern part of Kenya’s Mau Forest Complex, sits an old indigenous Yemdit tree with pale orange-green leaves. A lone ranger, the tree is surrounded by fresh green commercial eucalyptus trees. A single log beehive – a traditional form of beekeeping to the region’s native population – sits firmly […]

  • A set of mekhela chadors made with Assamese muga silk arranged around a japi (Credit: Satnath)

    Climate change unravels the golden thread of Assam

    December 9, 2015

    Extreme weather events are destroying the silkworms that produce Assam’s famous golden silk Assam, in North-east India, produces one of the finest, and most expensive, types of silk in the world. Produced by the semi-domesticated silkworm Antheraea assamensis, which is only found in the Brahmaputra Valley, this silk is called Muga –  Assamese for “yellow” […]

  • Beira residents pray for relief from the storms

    Summer: A season of suffering in Mozambique’s Beira

    December 9, 2015

    Sixty two-year-old Luciano Mangaeao of Paranora in Beira, Mozambique could not hide his fear. He wiped his sweaty brow with the back of his hand on a sweltering afternoon and remarked dejectedly: “It’s almost rain season and I know what it means for us. It means a season of suffering; floods and storms are coming […]

  • Mebai Warusam, a Saibai elder and war veteran, at his house in Saibai. (Credit: Saila Huusko)

    Climate change laps at front door of the Torres Strait Islands

    December 8, 2015

    Mebai Warusam sits under his stilt-supported house, facing the Pacific Ocean’s turquoise waters lapping 50 metres from his front gate. At 91, born and raised on the island of Saibai in the Torres Strait, he is an elder visitors and locals turn to for knowledge. A few years ago, he says, researchers from down south […]

  • Can Marshall Islanders whose lives are tied to the sea maintain their culture in Oklahoma?

    Landlocked Islanders

    December 8, 2015

    The amount of water is incomprehensible. We’ve been flying for hours, and just when we’re about as far from a landmass as you can possibly get—a spot where the curving, wave-flecked Pacific Ocean stretches thousands of kilometers in every direction—an island slides into view. It’s no more than a snippet of sand and palm trees, […]