naturecultures, indigenous naturecultures: blogs, sources, etc.
The Multispecies Salon 3: Swarm is the brainchild of my friend and colleague, S. Eben Kirksey and others in his "curatorial swarm" (see "Who We Are"). The Multispecies Salon uses "art to address a series of interrelated questions: Which species flourish, and which fail, when natural and cultural worlds intermingle and collide? What happens when the bodies of organisms, and even entire ecosystems, are brought into schemes of biotechnology and dreams of biocapitalism? And finally, in the aftermath of disaster--in blasted landscapes that have been transformed by multiple catastrophes--what are the possibilities of biocultural hope?" Check out publications generated from within this network of academics, bioartists, and other "creative agents." See the special issue of Cultural Anthropologyon the emergence of "multispecies ethnography," co-edited by Eben (CUNY Graduate Center) and by Stefan Helmreich (MIT Anthropology).
Oko Iyawapi means "Week Count" in Lakota. My friend and colleague, Craig Howe, of the Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies (CAIRNS) near Martin, SD, notes that "the Lakota week
begins on Monday morning and ends on Sunday night." He takes photos every week at Wingsprings, CAIRNS headquarters, as sources of inspiration for this oko iyawapi. Craig explains that while the "traditional waniyetu iyawapi, or “winter count” . . . was added to annually, he adds weekly to the oko iyawapi. Accompanying his photos (often stunning, as is the landscape) are descriptions of nonhumans featured therein, their engagements in the world, and sometimes with Craig.