Buller's albatross (Thalassarche bulleri) flying over sea, Chatham Islands, off southern New Zealand
A Bushman woman chews the flesh of a melon for its moisture in the village of Metsiamenong. Traditionally, the Bushmen find water in ‘pans’ – rain-filled depressions in the sand – and from plants such as tsamma melons and roots, techniques learned over thousands of years of surviving in the desert during the dry seasons, when the water-holes of the Kalahari sand-face turn to dust. ‘You learn what the land tells you,’ says Gana Bushman Roy Sesana.
"For many tribal peoples, the concept of ‘Mother’ refers not just to a parent who gives life and supplies food, shelter & love, but also to their lands–-the rainforests, grasslands, deserts & mountains that are their [diverse] homes also provide the material & spiritual sustenance they need to survive. These bonds are strong. When the cord is severed–-through colonization, forced eviction, mining, logging or other ‘development’ reasons–-the consequences can be devastating.[..]
It breathes, though you don’t notice it, says Davi Kopenawa Yanomami of his people’s home deep in the Brazilian Amazon. Tribal peoples have lived in balance with their rainforests for millennia. They are the original guardians – they are still the best guardians.