Amazonian Arts: The Aesthetics of Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Thursday, November 1, 2018, 3:30-5:00pm

Utilizing film as an art-as-research method, this short digital mosaic incorporates visual anthropology, multispecies representation, and sensory ethnography in order to train attention on the biotic and abiotic minutiae of dwelling in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Based on preliminary fieldwork, the camera travels alongside Kichwa, Achuar, and Waorani indigenous people as they garden, forage, tell stories, sing songs, and navigate forest paths and riverways. But instead of positioning the human as the central agent in human-nature relationality, the focus is on the colors, textures, movements, shapes, and sounds which animate a pluriverse of interconnected lifeworlds and configure an aesthetic of cultural and ecological resilience.


Louisiana Lightsey is a PhD student in the Environmental Anthropology program at the University of Georgia and received her Masters degree from the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on how both scientists and indigenous people understand the ecology of the Amazon rainforest and how key plant, animal, and insect species are affected by the politics of biodiversity loss and conservation.


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