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Situating Indigenous Resilience: Climate Change and Tayal’s “Millet Ark” Action in Taiwan

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Graduate Institute of Humanities in Medicine, Taipei Medical University, Taipei 11031, Taiwan
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Department of Ethnology, National Chengchi University, Taipei 11605, Taiwan
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Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung 80424, Taiwan
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English Department, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
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International Business, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung 80424, Taiwan
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Sustainability 2020, 12(24), 10676; https://doi.org/10.3390/su122410676
Received: 12 November 2020 / Revised: 15 December 2020 / Accepted: 17 December 2020 / Published: 21 December 2020
Whereas indigenous people are on the frontlines of global environmental challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and numerous other forms of critical planetary deterioration, the indigenous experiences, responses, and cultural practices have been underestimated in the mainstream frameworks of environmental studies. This paper aims to articulate a meaningful response to recent calls to indigenous and local knowledge on food as a source of resilience in the face of global climate change. By retrieving the values and practices indigenous people of Taiwan, specifically Tayal women, associate with human and non-human ecologies, our collaborative work with the indigenous community explores indigenous resilience and its relevance to indigenous cultural knowledge and global environmental concerns. Pivoting on the “Millet Ark” action, a Tayal conservation initiative of the bio-cultural diversity of millets, this study revolves around issues of how Tayal communities adapt to the climate change, how to reclaim their voice, heritage, knowledge, place, and land through food, and how to narrate indigenous “counter-stories” of resilience and sustainability. The cultural narrative of “Millet Ark” investigates indigenous way of preserving millet bio-cultural diversity and restoring the land and community heritage, inquiring into how Tayal people are adaptive and resilient to change and therefore sustainable through the cultural and social life of millets. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate action; resilience; bio-cultural diversity; millet varieties; adaptation; sustainability; indigenous and local knowledge; indigenous food sovereignty climate action; resilience; bio-cultural diversity; millet varieties; adaptation; sustainability; indigenous and local knowledge; indigenous food sovereignty
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Lin, Y.-R.; Tomi, P.; Huang, H.; Lin, C.-H.; Chen, Y. Situating Indigenous Resilience: Climate Change and Tayal’s “Millet Ark” Action in Taiwan. Sustainability 2020, 12, 10676. https://doi.org/10.3390/su122410676

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Lin Y-R, Tomi P, Huang H, Lin C-H, Chen Y. Situating Indigenous Resilience: Climate Change and Tayal’s “Millet Ark” Action in Taiwan. Sustainability. 2020; 12(24):10676. https://doi.org/10.3390/su122410676

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Lin, Yih-Ren, Pagung Tomi, Hsinya Huang, Chia-Hua Lin, and Ysanne Chen. 2020. "Situating Indigenous Resilience: Climate Change and Tayal’s “Millet Ark” Action in Taiwan" Sustainability 12, no. 24: 10676. https://doi.org/10.3390/su122410676

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