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The Church Forests of Ethiopia

Orthodox Churches for centuries have safeguarded pockets of primary forest and are now working to preserve Ethiopia’s shrinking biodiversity.

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Film Shepherd whistling
El Silbo

Residents of La Gomera, an island off of Morocco’s Atlantic coast, keep their traditional whistling language alive.

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Film Peruvian Medicine Man
The Medicine Man

A traditional curandero, or medicine man, in Northern Peru uses his extensive knowledge of native plants to treat various maladies.

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Film Native master carver Joe Martin
The Canoe Maker

Master carver Joe Martin, one of the few traditional craftsmen left, makes dugout canoes used by his people, the Pacific Northwest Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations.

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Film Quechua women weavers
Awana

Meet Quechua women weavers in the remote town of Patacancha in the south of Peru.

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Film People walking through forest
Tolowa Dee-ni'

The sole fluent speaker of Tolowa Dee-ni’ in California works with his family to overcome generations of trauma and to preserve their language and traditions.

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High School
Grade Level: 9-12
At-Risk Communities
High School
Grade Level: 9-12
Communities on the Threshold of Change
Photo Essay
Waiting to Move

These photographs capture a modern Inupiaq community in Alaska facing evacuation due to climate change.

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Photo Essay
Moken Sea Nomads

Learn about the Moken, a seafaring people who have been living on the Andaman Sea in Thailand for centuries.

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High School
Grade Level: 9-12
Exploring Cultural Sustainability
Film Baltazar Ushca gathering ice
The Last Ice Merchant

Baltazar Ushca is the last ice merchant to harvest glacial ice from Ecuador's Mount Chimborazo.

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Home Turf

Celebrate the ancient art of cutting turf by hand in County Kerry, Ireland.

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Photo Essay
The People of Clouds

The people and land of the Mixteca are one of the world's last bastions of traditional indigenous life in Mexico.

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Photo Essay
Mustang: Lives and Landscape of the Lost Tibetan Kingdom
Photographer Taylor Weidman reveals the traditions of a lost Tibetan Kingdom.
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