Ethnobiology Through Song

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Fernandez-Llamazares , A & Lepofsky , D 2019 , ' Ethnobiology Through Song ' , Journal of Ethnobiology , vol. 39 , no. 3 , pp. 337-353 .

Title: Ethnobiology Through Song
Author: Fernandez-Llamazares, Alvaro; Lepofsky, Dana
Contributor organization: External Funding
Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Organismal and Evolutionary Biology Research Programme
Global Change and Conservation Lab
Date: 2019-09
Language: eng
Number of pages: 17
Belongs to series: Journal of Ethnobiology
ISSN: 0278-0771
Abstract: Music is recognized as an essential constituent of the diversity of life on Earth and is enshrined in the concept of biocultural diversity. While research shows that song is an untapped library of biocultural memory, ethnobiologists have not yet explored the many areas in which studying songs and music through an ethnobiological lens could bring into focus the multi-dimensional relationships among humans and their biological worlds. 'the research articles in this special issue illustrate the importance of songs as both a repository of ethnobiological knowledge and as a means to construct, maintain, and mobilize peoples' intimate relations with their local ecologies. Although many traditional music-making systems are under risk of attrition, the extent to which traditional songs continue to be performed and celebrated in many Indigenous and local communities attests not just to the endurance and resilience of their cultures, but also to their deep cultural attachment to their lands as manifested through song. this special issue constitutes one significant step towards the recognition of music both as a timeless prism for looking at human-nature inter-relations, in all their complexities and magnificence, and as an essential form of biocultural heritage, worthy of documentation, conservation, and revitalization.
Subject: biocultural diversity
knowledge revitalization
musical instruments
traditional music
5143 Social and cultural anthropology
1172 Environmental sciences
1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
6131 Theatre, dance, music, other performing arts
Peer reviewed: Yes
Usage restriction: openAccess
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