Indigenous Peoples around the world have always been innovative in finding ways to use their environment to their advantage, while respecting mother earth at the same time.
Saturday June 5th is World Environment day, and in this podcast we speak to Nelson Ole Reiya from the Nashulai Conservancy in Kenya, who will tell us how to make soap from Elephant Dung!
Nelson will tell us how the Masaai people Reimagine, Recreate and Restore.
Produced by Shaldon Ferris (Khoisan, South Africa)
Interviewee: Nelson Ole Reiya (Maasai, Kenya)
Maasai are semi-nomadic pastoralists who migrate within semi-arid lowlands and more humid uplands to obtain water and pasture. The large majority of them obtain their livelihood through husbandry of cattle, goat and sheep. Their food culture is very unique as they rely on meat, milk and blood from cattle for protein and energy needs. But lately with the gradual loss of elder members of the Maasai community who carry most of this people’s indigenous knowledge, Maasai indigenous communities are losing their customary practices.
Kaimana Barcarse interviews Menase Ntutu from the Maasai nation about the concerns of Indigenous Peoples living with disabilities, and how communities can collaborate to support the work of the Disability Caucus. Recorded at the 2015 UNPFII.
Researcher Elizabeth Hacker describes research about how Indigenous individuals create their own frameworks to define "well-being" to counter Western ideas of well-being. She found three important concepts for Indigenous well being are, Meeting basic material needs; social harmony and sense of belonging; and cultural identity. Dev and Elizabeth discuss examples from her research in India and Kenya.