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Past Participants

Uchurluu Ot Ceremony

Uchurluu Ot Ceremony

“The main purpose of the Fire Ceremony “Ot Kai”, dedicated to the worship of fire was to enhance the movement of indigenous communities to protect and defend sacred places, as well as strengthening the connection between them based on traditional knowledge and local values.”

– Mr. Buyanbadrakh Erdenetsogt, Mongolia 

 Terra Madre 2012

Terra Madre 2012

“I gained inspiration, learned and experienced the diverse international food movement, built new relationships and solidarity."

– Ms. Carrie House, Greater Southwest 


One Thousand Stars Festival

One Thousand Stars Festival

“I was involved as an active attendee.  I danced and sang, mixed and mingled with the cultural ambassadors of the respective cultural peoples. I wore a white t-shirt marked Thousand Stars Music and Art Festival. The dinner brought together different people with different public responsibilities and different backgrounds including the media.”   

– Mr. Tsegaye Didana, African Rift Valley



“This was an extremely valuable opportunity to work at a level that may actually produce positive outcomes for tangata whenua in Aotearoa and it was very humbling to meet and network with many other indigenous and non-indigenous like-minded people.”  

– Ms. Beth Tui Shortland, New Zealand 

Potato Park Exchange, Cusco, Peru Potato Park Exchange, Cusco, Peru

“The Potato Park is an excellent example of biocultural restoration, which has resulted in a wide range of biodiversity, agricultural and cultural benefits to the local communities, as well as safeguarding an important global resource for future generations.” 

– Mr. Kurbonali Partoev, Central Asia and Turkey


Native Land Trust Strategy Meeting Native Land Trust Strategy Meeting

“I learned that there is a keen and enduring interest in forming a national alliance of land trusts/conservancies.  I also learned a good deal about the legal and structural issues that need to be addressed.”  

 – Dr. Kurt Russo, Executive Director, Native American Land Conservancy

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