Narrating the Land: storytelling, biodiversity and placemaking in Malaysian Indigenous landscapes

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Indigenous peoples’ complex attachments to the landscapes they inhabit have been documented by anthropologists all across the world. Explore storytelling, biodiversity and placemaking in Malaysian Indigenous landscapes in this fascinating talk with Dr Ivan Tacey, Lecturer in Anthropology, University of Plymouth.

Topographic features, such as hills, pools, river bends and caves, may mark ancestor’s journeys across landscapes, the places where mythological or historical events took place, or the dwelling places of spirits. Stories that are emplaced with landscape features often contain socially-prescribed behaviour, and the aesthetics of such places―natural beauty, aquatic features, special markings, olfactory characteristics or rich ecologies―often contribute to how they are experienced, remembered, or even avoided.  

Dr Ivan Tacey draws upon over 15 years of ethnographic research among Malaysia’s indigenous peoples, to discuss how complex geological, ecological and socio-cultural entanglements at these potent places produce conditions that have allowed for the flourishing of exceptional biodiversity. In this talk he highlights the need for collaborative research between indigenous peoples, anthropologists, conservationists and other scientists and argues why indigenous landscapes need urgent recognition and protection from extractivist industries.

Date: Tuesday 9 November 2021
Time: 19:00 – 20:30
Free to access online

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