Terralingua Langscape Volume 2, Issue 13
Weaving Tradition and Innovation
With Guest Editor: Kierin Mackenzie


we walk to the future in the footprints of our ancestors
~Kari-oca Declaration of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

The challenge we put out in this issue of Langscape is how we can weave tradition and innovation together to actively transform our current global paradigm. Current global paths have led to large scale destruction of biological and cultural diversity globally, often through processes that are genocidal and ecocidal in nature.  These processes are causing the breakdown of the dynamic continuity of tradition—of the ever-evolving intergenerational transmission of the values, beliefs, knowledges, languages, and practices that human communities have developed over centuries and millennia, and through which each community has defined, maintained, and creatively transformed its cultural identity and integrity.

As residents of this world, we are both the children of previous generations, siblings with all that lives, and the parents of the world to come. As the 1992 Kari-oca Declaration of the World’s Indigenous Peoples so aptly puts it, “we walk to the future in the footprints of our ancestors.” That is the very essence of cultural continuity: change that is not disruptive and destructive, but that respects the past in creating the future, seamlessly weaving together tradition and innovation.

How can the linguistic, cultural, and biological treasures handed down to us be utilized in order to ensure their and our continuing existence? How do we draw on ancestral knowledge, practices, and arts to devise new solutions for our global predicament? How do we adapt the gifts, values and teachings of the past to create a brighter future? What new ideas harmonize well with these gifts to reinvigorate their usage where they have declined?  How do they strengthen us and the generations to come?

We are entering uncharted waters as a species. No-one really knows what is to come, and how we are to turn the corner.  All we can do is shed light on our own corner, share stories of what has worked and has not worked, share ideas, share seeds, and work to leave future generations with the same gifts we were given. This issue is to be a container of seeds for planting. This issue is to be a celebration of that which is growing. This issue is to highlight new flowers on ancient vines.

Join us as we continue to explore Biocultural Diversity as an emerging paradigm in a changing world. We hope you will enjoy journeying with us through this special volume of Langscape, and that you too will share what you learn with others.

Kierin Mackenzie and Ortixia Dilts 

Videography Langscape 2:13
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Haidawood: Page 14. Haidawood animations have been screened at film and cultural festivals in Canada, the United States, South Africa, and Finland. Haidawood just released a DVD entitled Haidawood: Our Stories Animated (2013).
Haida Raid (30 sec, 2007): This was the original proof-of-concept animation. The puppets were made from Bionicles (a LEGOTM toy) and feature heads carved from avocado pits by Gwaai Edenshaw.
Hoopla (5 minutes, 2007): An original story about a basketball game between Massett and Skidegate. The animation uses English and Haida phrases, and references hip-hop and basketball culture.

Golden Spruce (2008): The legend of how the Golden Spruce came to be. A boy and his grandfather leave their dying village and a fateful encounter with a salmon leads to a magical transformation.
Yaanii K’uuka (2008): A naughty little girl won’t eat her food. Her mother warns her to be nice or Yaanii K’uuka will get her. Sure enough, she is kidnapped by Yaanii K’uuka and must find her own way to escape.
Haida Raid 2 (5 minutes, 2012): What happens if Prime Minister Stephen Harper decides to go ahead with building the Northern Gateway pipeline? This viral video has had over 20,000 views and is the perfect storm of edgy art, political protest, and internet satire.

Taaw story (trailer, 2013): The traditional story of how Tow Hill moved from the centre of Haida Gwaii to his current location on North Beach.
Nuu story (trailer, 2013): Told by the late Tsinii Stephen Brown before he passed away. Fishermen are mysteriously disappearing off the West Coast of Haida Gwaii and two heroes decide to find out why.
Katie Kamelamela, GESA, from article page 34.
Hokulea World Wide Voyage (6 minutes, 2013)
Maeva Gauthier & Maria Acemah, from article page 58.
Weather or Not (4:04 minutes, 2013) is about observations of coastal change around Kaktovik, a village located at the edge of Alaska in the Arctic.
Business and Economics Panel from page 72

Unreasonables - Clean Fuel To Save Africa's Forests (2:38 minutes, 2012)
Moses Sanga has been witness to the aggressive deforestation of his home in Africa. He's trying to create a new economy (and save the forests) by empowering locals to make charcoal from something other than wood, and then teaching them how to sell it.


Heretics Wanted: Donna Morton at TEDxVictoria (16:36 minutes, 2013)



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