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Samuel Awuah-Nyamekye

The rate of depletion of plants and animal species in Ghana has assumed an alarming dimension, and the government is finding it difficult to control the process. Several factors account for this. A major one is the neglect of the traditional ecological knowledge prevalent in the culture of Ghana. Sasa is the Akan word for the spirit believed to be found in some plants and animals. This paper examines the role of sasa in flora and fauna conservation in Ghana. Traditional Ghanaians have a strong belief that some plants and animals have special spirits, which when cut (as in the case with plants) or killed (animals) can bring serious harm to the person. Thus, such plants and animals are not eliminated. This paper argues that sasa as an Akan indigenous conservation tool can complement the modern means of nature conservation in Ghana.

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An Environmentally Literate Explorer

A. E. Nordenskiöld’s Three Expeditions to the North Asian Coast, 1875–1879

Seija A. Niemi

investigations. He studied the flora, fauna, geology, geography, hydrology, and meteorology of the region, as well as produced charts and undertook ethnological research with his scientific colleagues on the expeditions. His scientific findings on the unknown

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David S. Trigger and Lesley Head

How are preferences for “native” and “introduced” species of plants and animals given expression in Australian cities? Given the nation's predominantly European cultural heritage, how do urban Australians articulate multiple desires for living environments encountered in everyday life? In examining the cases of inner city parks, backyards, and more general views about flora and fauna appropriate for the city, the paper considers a range of deeply enculturated attachments to familiar landscapes. While residents have considerable interest in the possibilities of urban ecological restoration, our interviews, ethnographic observation, and textual analysis also reveal cultural preferences for introduced species and emplaced attachments to historically modified landscapes. These preferences and attachments are linked to senses of identity developed during formative life experiences. In the relatively young post-settler society of Australia, such drivers of environmental desires can sit uneasily alongside science-driven propositions about what is good for biodiversity and ecological sustainability.

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Environmental Configurations

When the River Zayandeh Rud Stopped Crossing Isfahan

Sahar Faeghi and Sophie Roche

Among the many consequences of Iran’s suffering from water shortage in recent decades, the major river of Isfahan city, Zayandeh Rud, has dried out. While experts observe this issue through environmental discourses and local farmers engage in political protests, citizens phrase the loss of the river as a cultural catastrophe. Within the environmental configuration that includes the river, historical buildings, parks, fauna, flora and humans, habitual relationships produce a sense of security and well-being. Since the drought, this configuration has been seriously affected. We suggest the drought is experienced as sociocultural disaster because Zayandeh Rud is a central element for the creation of social, cultural, economic and political relationships. Following the suggestion of Tim Ingold, we conceptualise the environment as the interplay between the German notion of Umwelt (out world) and Innenwelt (subjective world).

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Indigenous Methodology

Uliana Vinokurova

Translator : Tatiana Argounova-Low

brought on by global warming. Specifically, topical areas that require the expertise of native scholars are changes in flora and fauna, the condition of the landscape, rivers, roads, and infrastructure. As this issue of Sibirica demonstrates, the

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Like a Tumbleweed in Eden

The Diasporic Lives of Concepts

Banu Subramaniam

restructure the colonized landscape, thus destabilizing our association of flora and fauna with the natural or “autochthonous” landscape. 21 In an ultimate act of irony, they now insist on preserving the “new Europes” from newer immigrants from Asia, South

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Dunas costeras en Veracruz, México

Conservación y uso para la cohesión social desde la percepción local

María Ángeles Piñar-Álvarez, Astrid Wojtarowski-Leal, and María Luisa Martínez-Vázquez

contaminación ambiental, destrucción de ecosistemas, extinción de especies de flora y fauna y, en resumen, un desequilibrio en la base natural que sustenta la vida. Las amenazas recíprocas entre ambiente natural y sociedad, tanto ambientales para la salud humana

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Creative Critical Shakespeares

Rob Conkie and Scott Maisano

fauna, foreshadowing, ghosts, hendiadys, insults, irony, letters & messengers, midline switches, music, noise, pacing, parody, plays-within-plays, plots, props, prose, proverbs, short lines, silence (or implied pauses), songs, time schemes, even lacunae

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Organic Vehicles and Passengers

The Tsetse Fly as Transient Analytical Workspace

Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga

, in the anthropomorphic lives and registers of vedzimbahwe , a lion is not just fauna, tsetse and mosquitoes mere diptera, trees mere flora, mountains simply geological formations, and rivers no more than water bodies but spiritual(ized) beings and

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Cècile Mathieu

Translator : Matthew Roy

, Brazilians, or Crimeans associated with their landscapes or fauna, which were deeply rooted in the cultural imaginary of the time, especially in colonial literature. Ethiopian Negritude, Asian lethargy, and Spanish pride are clearly prejudices, cultural