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Indigenous Perspectives on Sacred Natural Sites


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1. Introduction: Indigenous Voice and Indigenous Sacred Sites, Promoting Diverse Perspectives in a Global Discourse

Jonathan Liljeblad Part I Identity and embodying the sacred 2. Giving Voice to the Sacred Black Female Body in Takayna Country Jennifer Evans 3. Defending the Sacred through Plant Knowledge Susan Leopold 4. Imagine Kanaloa Kaho'olawe Davianna Pomaika'i McGregor Part II Resistance, advocacy and perseverance 5. Kondhs' Resistance Movement to Save Sacred Niyamgiri, Odisha Annapurna Devi Pandey 6. Human Rights Law and the Protection of Sacred Sites and Territories: A Case Study of the Bethany Griqua Community in South Africa Lesle Jansen and Ademola Oluborode Jegede 7. Taos Pueblo Blue Lake: A Legacy of Cultural Perseverance Vernon G. Lujan Part III The sacred in intangible heritage and education 8. The Crocodiles of Fesawa: Sacred Sites and Rituals in a Changing Context in Southern East Timor Brunna Crespi, Anacleto Amaral and Clementino Amaral 9. Maghee: A Case Study of Indigenous Tharu Cultural Heritage for Democratic Practice and STEM Education Bhaskar Upadhyay, Mahesh Tharu Chaudhary, Dinesh Gautam and Baliram Tharu Part IV Recognition and preservation of the sacred in place 10. Wirikuta: Sacred Heart of Mexico - Pueblo Wixarika (Huichol) Anaid Paola Velasco Ramirez, Ursula Garzon Aragon, Andrea Ulisse Davide Cerami and Santos De La Cruz Carillo 11. Hongan di Pa'ge: The Sacredness and Realism of Terraced Landscape in Ifugao Culture, Philippines Marlon Martin, Stephen Acabado and Raymond Aquino Macapagal 12. Perpetuation is the Key to Preservation: Encouraging Local Development and Valuing Indigenous Culture as the Sole Bastion against Bagan's Museification Berengere Bouan and Kathy Khine 13. Protecting Our Sacred Water: Cenote Conservation in the Maya area of Yucatan, Mexico Yolanda Lopez-Maldonado Part V Conclusions 14. Indigenous Perspectives in a Global Discourse on the Conservation of Sacred Heritage Bas Verschuuren

About the Author

Jonathan Liljeblad is Senior Lecturer, Law School, Swinburne University, Australia, and a Steering Committee Member of the IUCN Specialist Group on Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas. He received his PhD and JD from the University of Southern California. Born under the name Nanda Zaw Win, he is a member of the Pa'oh people of Shan State, Myanmar. Bas Verschuuren is Associate Researcher at the Sociology of Development and Change group at Wageningen University, the Netherlands, Co-Chair of the IUCN Specialist Group on Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas, and Programme Coordinator for the Sacred Natural Sites Initiative.

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