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Big Cat Conservation: A Global Alliance

by Worldwide Indigenous Science Network
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Big Cat Conservation: A Global Alliance
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Big Cat Conservation: A Global Alliance
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Big Cat Conservation: A Global Alliance
Big Cat Conservation: A Global Alliance
Big Cat Conservation: A Global Alliance
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Big Cat Conservation: A Global Alliance
Big Cat Conservation: A Global Alliance
Big Cat Conservation: A Global Alliance
Big Cat Conservation: A Global Alliance
Big Cat Conservation: A Global Alliance
Big Cat Conservation: A Global Alliance
Big Cat Conservation: A Global Alliance
Big Cat Conservation: A Global Alliance
Big Cat Conservation: A Global Alliance
Big Cat Conservation: A Global Alliance
Big Cat Conservation: A Global Alliance
Big Cat Conservation: A Global Alliance
Big Cat Conservation: A Global Alliance
Big Cat Conservation: A Global Alliance
Big Cat Conservation: A Global Alliance
Big Cat Conservation: A Global Alliance
Big Cat Conservation: A Global Alliance
Big Cat Conservation: A Global Alliance
Big Cat Conservation: A Global Alliance
Big Cat Conservation: A Global Alliance
Big Cat Conservation: A Global Alliance
Big Cat Conservation: A Global Alliance
Big Cat Conservation: A Global Alliance
Big Cat Conservation: A Global Alliance
Big Cat Conservation: A Global Alliance
Big Cat Conservation: A Global Alliance
Tashka Yawanawa gives an interview on Maui
Tashka Yawanawa gives an interview on Maui

Dear Donor,

 

Your support continues to enable us to bring Western and Indigenous knowledge systems together for big cat conservation and for this we are extremely grateful.

 

Last year, we sent a security expert to meet with the Yawanawan tribes as Phase I of the Yawanawan vision to create a corridor of protection from deep in the Amazon to North America. We reported on that meeting in a previous report.

 

This past month, WISN met with the Yawanawa Chief at WISN headquarters to discuss and plan Phase II of security training, which will include bringing the same security expert back to the Amazon for further training and discussions about methods for working with local government.

 

Recently our Yawanawan partners made an award-winning film about the spirit of the jaguar and plant medicine: http://www.awavenavr.com/assets/downloads/AWAVENA%20PRESS%20KIT%20Web%20Version.pdf

WISN is supporting our partners to attend a premier of the event, which will elevate awareness of the jaguar and of our partners in the Amazon.

WISN, with your support, is also providing supporting to the Chief’s daughter to further their education so that she may follow in her father’s footsteps, assuming more of a leadership role in the community so that she can go out into the world to talk about the importance of jaguar protection and conservation

Finally, we are in discussion to send a world-renowned Hawaiian carver and canoe maker to the rainforest to share canoe-building techniques with the community. While it is not directly related to jaguar conservation, the renewal of ancient technologies and connection to these ways helps empower the people. It strengthens the community knowledge, their independence, self-determination and their connection with the land. When people are connected to the land and nature, they are more likely to be more invested in it. If this doesn’t happen, this way will be lost forever lost.

We are immensely grateful to you, donors, and to the ancestors for your support.

Chief Yawanawa sharing info with WISN partners
Chief Yawanawa sharing info with WISN partners
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One of the newest cubs
One of the newest cubs

Dear Donor,

 

Your support continues to enable us to bring Western and Indigenous knowledge systems together for big cat conservation and for this we are extremely grateful.

 

Currently, there are only 13 White Lions in the wild and approximately 300-500 in captivity. First seen in the wild in the 1970s, they were extracted from their ancestral lands as humans believed these big cats were albinos that would never survive in the wild. Nothing is further than the truth.

 

Most White Lions at that time were sent to zoos and circuses or worse, to trophy hunting facilities where cubs are routinely removed from their mothers, and then handled and bottle fed by humans only to be used as breeder lions or for trophy hunters who wish to pay large sums of money to “hunt” and bring a trophy home. However, in 2004, four White Lions were rescued from a trophy hunting facility by one of our Big Cat Alliance Partners, the Global White Lion Protection Trust. These lions not only proved they were able to hunt on their own, they also provided the genetic information which determined definitively to scientists that the white lions are in fact a genetic subspecies of their tawny relatives. Within a few years, three new White Lion cubs were born. However, it has been ten years since any other White Lion cubs were born. Until two months ago. We wanted to report to you donors that four White Lion cubs were just born to two of the White Lions two months ago. WISN supports the White Lions in a number of ways, including bringing groups to the site which raises awareness and funds for the project. We also support community projects in the area.

 

WISN continues to support our Big Cat partners, including the Global White Lion Protection Trust through your support, which is critical right now. These cats, like all apex predators, are important not only in their own right, but because our very survival depends on theirs!

 

We are immensely grateful to you, to the ancestors, and to the spirit of the big cats.

 

Thank you!

New life
New life
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Dear Donor,

 

Thank you for all that you do to help us bring Western and Indigenous knowledge systems together for the conservation of these beloved big cats. These cats, as we’ve indicated in previous communications, are important not only in their own right, but because our very survival depends on theirs! We are immensely grateful to you, to the ancestors, and to the spirit of the big cats.

 

WISN has worked closely with Jaguar Artist, Musician, and Indigenous Cultural Practioner (ICP) Ernesto Hernandez Olmos for many years. He conceived of and has begun plans for a jaguar sanctuary, within which the Ceremonial Center of Spirituality, Art, and Culture of Oaxaca will be housed. ICP Olmos will direct the center.

 

The center was created with the objective of preserving the ancestral traditions and practices of the Elders by focusing on the culture and spirituality of the Jaguar. The teachings and practices of spiritual ceremonies and rituals of healing, such as the Temazcal, plant medicine ceremonies and sound therapy (healing via the sound of ancestral instruments), will all be a part of the center which is currently under construction.

 

The aim is to promote education and awareness to the next generations and to bring awareness to the importance of protecting the jaguar and its habitat, which represents our mother earth. ICP Olmos, international spiritual healing arts practitioner and member of the WISN network, has worked for several years to build community and institutional connections to support the Jaguar of Light in Oaxaca, Mexico. He has been working with wisdom keepers, scientists and historians from three different continents with the goal of preserving the ancient historic connections of the sacred cats such as white lions of Timvabati, white leopards of Asia, white tigers of Russia and China, and Jaguars of the Americas. 


In 2015, he started developing the Central American Network of the union of scientists and shamans working together for the preservation the of spirituality of the jaguar and the conservation of its habitat and well being. WISN is supporting him in his efforts.

 

Please help us to help Indigenous Cultural Practitioners like Olmos who understand the importance of preservation of sacred cultures and connections to share the cosmovision that inspire humanity to return to balance. 

An example of ICP Olmos' artwork
An example of ICP Olmos' artwork
More examples of ICP Olmos' artwork
More examples of ICP Olmos' artwork
Jaguar of Light from Oaxaca
Jaguar of Light from Oaxaca
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Dear Donor,

 

Our mission is to save the apex cats from extinction and to ultimately save the earth’s ecosystems by bridging Indigenous and Western sciences to develop new, radical conservation methods.

 

Why It’s Critical now more than ever—Indigenous prophesies understood the critical times we are now experiencing. Habitat destruction, poaching, and destruction of native traditional values have brought the big cats to the brink of extinction. Without these culturally central, sacred animals, entire ecosystems will die.

 

Alone, neither science nor indigenous knowledge can stop the extinction of snow leopards, lions, tigers, and jaguars. Through the Global Alliance for Big Cat Conservation, we are working with Western science to find new ways of conservation.

 

In June, WISN partnered with a Mexican-based organization called Naturalia. The Mexican government is only doing so much. This organization, working with local communities in Northwestern Mexico, is purchasing and establishing private protected lands for Jaguar conservation. While they have the conservation expertise needed for such a project, WISN offers expertise in bridging the cultural, indigenous perspective with Western science in an effort to create new forms of conservation that aren’t only based in one realm.

 

Naturalia and a WISN representative also attended a conference in Mexico in June—the National Alliance for Jaguar Conservation hosted in Cozumel. While the majority of the attendees were from Mexico, others from Central and South America were also in attendance, all joined by a combined mission of wanting to create strategies for saving this endangered big cat, integral to their ecosystems as well as to the cultures who have been intrinsically involved with Jaguars for thousands of years.

 

We will be planning to meet with the conservationists of Naturalia within the next six months and our hope is that together, we can develop new ways and strategies of creating a corridor of protection for these beloved cats that extends from Brazil through Central America.

 

Donors, we give much heartfelt gratitude for your support for our ongoing conservation efforts and we will continue to keep you updated of our progress. Please consider sharing our work with friends, family and colleagues so that we can continue.

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Courtesy of WISN Partner Snow Leopard Conservancy
Courtesy of WISN Partner Snow Leopard Conservancy

From Kyrgyzstan to Chauvet Cave—A Journey Leading to the Story of Us All

Snow Leopard Conservation

Global Big Cat Alliance

May 2018 Project Update

 

 

Dear Donor,

 

Thank you for all that you do to help us bring Western and Indigenous knowledge systems together for the conservation of these beloved big cats, important not only in their own right, but because our very survival depends on theirs! We are immensely grateful to you, to the ancestors, and to the spirit of the big cats.

 

From a chance encounter with the pelt of a Snow Leopard in a tourist yurt in Kyrgyzstan to Chauvet Cave of Southern France a decade later… we retrace the steps of our ancestors through a video WISN produced this past quarter as part of our efforts to raise awareness of and bring critical resources to the Snow Leopard conservation efforts of our partners.

 

In 2008, Dr. Apela Colorado, Oneida and Gaul Elder and founder of the Worldwide Indigenous Science Network (WISN), had a profound chance encounter in a yurt in Kyrgyzstan. Entering this yurt, she saw the skin of an animal she did not recognize hanging on the wall. She immediately dropped to her knees and wept in front of what she later learned was the pelt of a sacred Snow Leopard.

 

Over the next decade, her research brought her in contact with numerous Kyrgyz Elders who shared some of the oral wisdom, which holds that the Snow Leopard clan people (the original European tribes) migrated West with Snow Leopards from Central Asia tens of thousands of years ago. It is the reason, they believe, that there are so few snow leopards remaining in Kyrgyzstan today.

 

While it is known in Western science that many European tribes descend from these Central Asian tribes, there was nothing in Western science to corroborate the movement of Snow Leopards as told by the Kyrgyz Elders. Until now.

 

We reported last year about a separate research trip to the Caves of Southern France during which a WISN team discovered that there was a painting of a Snow Leopard and that the remains of a (approximately) 35,000 year-old Snow Leopard were discovered in this cave, a cave which had been sealed off for at least 26,000 years. While remarkable in and of itself, the link to Kyrgz oral tradition was one that few people would be able to make. Dr. Colorado was able to make this connection. And in Fall 2017, we brought a Kyrgyz Elder to these caves to make an offering and prayer for the survival of his sacred totem animal (see Fall 2017 report), the endangered Snow Leopard. 

 

During this journey, we met with Jean Clottes, Ph.D., one of the foremost French experts on the Caves of Southern France. At the conclusion of this meeting, Zhaparkul Ata put his hand on Dr. Clottes heart saying,

 

 "We are brothers. You are science. I am shaman, In the future, we will work together." 

 

May it be so. 

 

We share the just released video with you, dear donors, with much heartfelt gratitude for all you have done to support our ongoing conservation efforts.

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