University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

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Ecological visions in Maya and Quechua literature

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Nature and culture: how do these two heritages collaborate? Indigenous cultures and languages of Latin America, particularly the oral and written literature of the Maya and Quechua have very different ways of engaging with nature to ‘Western’ society. Dr Charles Pigott, Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow in the Centre of Latin American Studies, combines a whole range of disciplines to attain a holistic understanding on the decrease of these languages, including literary studies, anthropology, ecology, geography, psychology and sociology. This film is one of a series of eight that showcases the extent that conservation-related research is embedded in a wide range of academic fields and involves collaboration with non-academic partners beyond the University. The films are produced by the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute (UCCRI), which was established in October 2013 to foster a cross-disciplinary approach within the University of Cambridge. “Conservation is primarily underpinned by human behaviour and it is therefore vital to understand the social factors, such as cultural drivers or geographical patterns, which shape our environment, as well as developing our biological and scientific knowledge.” Dr Bhaskar Vira, Director of UCCRI. Creative Director Alison Harvey University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute Video, Sound and Edit by Toby Smith UCCRI - Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence 2015/2016