PHOTOGRAPH BY CHARLIE HAMILTON JAMES, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
“We cultivated our land, but in a way different from the white man. We endeavoured to live with the land; they seemed to live off it. I was taught to preserve, never to destroy.”
The saying belongs to the indigenous Australians, Aborigines, is not only quite dramatic but also let us think about the uncontacted indigenous image which is depicted by the history of civilization one more time. These people have dwelled in depths of wild for thousand years isolated from our society, that is about to step into a new age with the industrial revolution, its mentality and modern world issues. We describe their natural habitat as dangerous, as moving away from the culture of living together with nature. However, they are living amongst the danger that surround them rather than protected from while maintaining their life in a perfect harmony with wild and that is truly cultivating their instinct and survival skills. These self-sustaining tribal people may be considered as uneducated according to the authorities since greater part of modern education is about how to dominate the nature, yet their way of learning is more about feeling, exploring and experiencing.
“Although we are in different boats, you in your boat and we in our canoe, we share the same river of life.”
Indigenous territories are seen obstacles for the agribusiness, under pressure of both legal authorities and illegal gold miners, loggers and land grabbers for economic purposes. According to the UN, their traditional ways of life are threatened particularly as a result of forcible displacement from, or destruction of, their ancestral lands. We assume an obligation to struggle for their territorial rights and protect the environment they call home as they are the guardians of the natural world and sustain the wildlife from the coasts to the jungles better than any civilized community.
“Man’s law changes with his understanding of man. Only the laws of the spirit remain always the same.”
For the indigenous people, the relationship between humanity and natural world is something to be transmitted through stories to the future generations. Valuing the natural world above all is far beyond their life practices, it reaches further, into the deep of their hearts and spiritual life. Stories are revered as precious teachings, encoding the environmental knowledge, encapsulating their history and belief. It’s a sacred duty to maintain the balance of nature, protect their land and all the animals that they have a powerful affiliation through totems.
We believe their way of being in this world is something we can all learn from.
We aim to get inspired with the hidden treasures of wild and spread love, beauty and healing all around!