Big Cat Conservation: A Global Alliance

by Worldwide Indigenous Science Network
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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
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
"Snow Leopards: Biodiversity of the World..."
"Snow Leopards: Biodiversity of the World..."

Greetings donors!

The Worldwide Indigenous Science Network (WISN) and our indigenous and science-based partners have been very busy the past few months working on a number of projects, including networking indigenous big cat cultural practitioners and Western scientists for snow leopard conservation.

Currently, our efforts have been aimed at bringing the indigenous knowledge of snow leopards into the conversation with United Nation conservation strategies for snow leopard conservation. We will bring a small delegation to the Global Snow Leopard & Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP) meeting in Kazakhstan October of this year. This is groundbreaking work. The indigenous perspective or voice is rarely given a platform at these global gatherings, and it will be the second time within the past three years that WISN has helped facilitate a meeting like this. 

We had one additional snow leopard success to report on—the publication of an article, “Snow Leopards: Biodiversity of the World: Conservation from Genes to Landscapes,” which includes a section contributed by WISN founder Dr. Apela Colorado on the indigenous perspective to conservation. This publication is the only comprehensive work on the biology, behavior, and conservation status of the snow leopard, a species that has long been one of the least studied, and hence poorly understood, of the large cats.

We are hopeful that our efforts are raising awareness of conserving these sacred animals, which are currently estimated at only 4,000-6,000 throughout the 12 snow leopard range countries.

Thank you for your ongoing support of this work!

Snow leopard in the wild
Snow leopard in the wild

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Li Quan from China Tiger Revival
Li Quan from China Tiger Revival

Global Alliance for Big Cat Conservation

Summer 2016 Project Update

 

 

The Worldwide Indigenous Science Network (WISN) continues our work with Big Cat Conservation, working with indigenous elders connected to the big cats they hold sacred as well as with scientists and conservationists from around the world.

 

In the month of May, WISN hosted meetings with Li Quan, founder of a China Tiger Revival, an organization committed to bringing tigers back to China, to discuss plans for future collaboration between the two organizations. WISN also connected Li Quan with jaguar shaman Tashka Yawanawa as well as another jaguar conservation organization based in Oaxaca, Mexico. The organization in Mexico is developing a program similar to Li Quan’s to rewild jaguars in captivity and restore them to their natural habitat.

 

Finally, WISN produced a video with jaguar shaman Tashka Yawanawa, to spread his message about mother earth and what’s happening during these times. We have included a link to this video.

 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkQ9sc42noE

  

We give great thanks to you, our donors, through whose generosity makes these meetings and collaborations possible. We will continue to keep you apprised of our work moving forward.  Thank you!

Jaguar Elder, Tashka Yawanawa
Jaguar Elder, Tashka Yawanawa
China Tiger Revival
China Tiger Revival

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Big Cat Alliance Jaguar Meetings

Maui, Hawaii

January, 2016

 

The Jaguar holds much spiritual significance in cultures throughout South America. This year begins with the power of the Jaguar.  Building on the meetings held in Oaxaca, Mexico in early 2015, where we met with scientists and Indigenous Cultural Practitioners (ICPs) who are working to conserve the Jaguar, we continued our efforts to build the network by bringing together two important Jaguar ICPs from different areas—one from the rainforests of Brazil, the other from Oaxaca, Mexico—both united in their love of and concern for the Jaguar, which is currently listed as “near threatened” status throughout South America.

Tashka Yawanawa, an ICP from a very remote part of Brazil, last met with the Worldwide Indigenous Science Network fourteen years ago. After that last meeting, he returned to his village as a young man to become the chief. During his tenure as chief, he initiated a number of innovative sustainability programs and he currently travels the world to discuss conservation initiatives that impact his people, the biodiversity of his region, and ultimately, the Jaguars which live and roam freely in the area his tribe, the Yawanawans, inhabit.  This was his first trip back to the Worldwide Indigenous Science Network and again, there is big change on the horizon for him—he is considering a run for elected office, representing the indigenous voice in his country.

We networked with him with Olmec and Mixteca ICP Ernesto Olmos, who is a Jaguar shaman, artist, and musician, who has dedicated much of his life to the preservation of the jaguar, including through a “jaguar of light” project. The meeting went very well and strong connections were made. 

Outcomes:

These meetings facilitated by Worldwide Indigenous Science Network started important dialogues about future steps for Jaguar conservation. These ICPs conducted ceremony at sacred sites in Hawaii (where the meetings were held and where WISN is headquartered—images above). Following the meeting facilitated by WISN, Tashka and Ernesto made arrangements to meet in Oaxaca, where they visited sacred sites (images below of Jaguar Mountain and Monte Alban, jaguar temple in Oaxaca), prayed, and discussed ways in which they can collaborate in the future, including possibly hosting the next Global Big Cat Alliance networking meeting of conservationists and ICPs in 2017 at the Yawanawan Cultural Center. We are very excited and hopeful to see where this may lead in the next important steps for Jaguar conservation. 

We will send out a report next quarter with new updates. And as always, we are immensely grateful to you, our donors, who help make these important conversation meetings and connections possible. 

 

 

 

Tashka and Ernesto preparing for ceremony
Tashka and Ernesto preparing for ceremony
Tashka of the Yawanawa tribe
Tashka of the Yawanawa tribe
Jaguar Temple, Oaxaca, Mexico
Jaguar Temple, Oaxaca, Mexico
Jaguar Mountain, Oaxaca, Mexico
Jaguar Mountain, Oaxaca, Mexico
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Snow leopard in the wild
Snow leopard in the wild

The Worldwide Indigenous Science Network (WISN) has for the past 26 years worked to bring together the two ways of knowing—Indigenous Science and Western Science. 

 

“Earth Wisdom and Change” guides our activities in our overall mission of creating global healing for humanity and its relationship to embodied knowledge. In accordance with the issues and with respect to the forces of Mother Earth, we conduct cutting-edge research using our innovative indigenous science approaches and protocols. In all of the actions and programs, we strive to promote respect, understanding and empowerment that comes from knowing our true identities and relation to life in all of its forms. This includes our work with the Big Cats and the Global Alliance for Big Cat Conservation. 

 

In the last quarter of 2015, we worked closely with the Snow Leopard Conservancy to develop a methodologies matrix that demonstrates how these two ways of knowing can and should work together to create mutual understanding and respect. As far as we know, it is the first matrix of measures and indicators of its kind, and we believe it is critical to understanding how bridging the wisdom of the indigenous elders, big cat shamans, and Western conservationists can effectively (and qualitatively) work together.

 

As a result of our work this last quarter and along with our partners at the Snow Leopard Conservancy, we have received a grant from a large organization that specifically promotes big cat conservation. Together with the funding we have received from your generous donations, we will begin Phase II of the Central Asian Snow Leopard work (networking indigenous elders from Central Asia and conservationists) and we will continue our work with Jaguar shamans in South America, bringing together Jaguar shamans from the rainforest of Brazil and from Oaxaca, Mexico in January to discuss next phases of our work together.

 

Stay tuned! We will have photographs and and an update of these meetings to share with you in our next report. 

 

And as always, we are IMMENSELY grateful for your ongoing support to help preserve these sacred apex predators! We wish you all a very happy, healthy, safe new year! 

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Thank you for your continued support of the Global Alliance for Big Cat Conservation. Your contributions have helped us to continue and expand this important work of brining indigenous and Western science for the purpose of big cat and sacred species conservation. 

We returned a few months ago from a trip to Siberia with the Snow Leopard Conservancy, where we were invited to participate in a Snow Leopard ceremony with the Buryat and Soyot peoples of this region. We submitted a report last quarter about the work and since then, have been busy preparing a video presentation of our time there to share with potential donors and funding organizations. 

In addition to the generous donations from each of you, we are working hard to raise additional funds for this important conservation work. Funds from individual donors and from donor organizations are critical to continuing this important conservation work, and we are very grateful for the ongoing support from you! 

We hope you enjoy and feel inspired by this glimpse into these sacred Snow Leopard lands, deep in the mountains of Siberia. 

Mahalo nui, 

The WISN team

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Worldwide Indigenous Science Network

Location: Lahaina, Hawaii - USA
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