Photovoices rests on the belief that scientists, government leaders and international problem solvers have much to learn from men and women whose ancestors have inhabited these areas for untold years: living and working, farming and fishing, raising their children, practicing their rituals and worshipping their gods.

Photo by Bruno Oleona ©Strategies are far more effective when they incorporate indigenous knowledge, understand and honor sacred geography and spiritual practices and build partnerships with people based on understanding and respect.But then a complex question always arises: how to engage these people effectively. Many live in remote regions, some speak only their ethnic language and few have had any opportunities to communicate their knowledge and values to the outside world.

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