Last week Meanjin published an essay of mine. The tagline they used was ‘Michael Adams reflects on the relationships between hunters and their prey’. The Guardian has just reprinted it in their Comment section. The essay explores modern hunting, with some of it focusing on my own hunting. My thinking continues to evolve on these issues, and recent media indicates they continue to be important and controversial. Continue reading →
I have just returned from New Delhi, the capital of India. I was also in Calcutta (Kolkata), the city of my birth, after spending a week in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, between India and SE Asia, an extraordinarily beautiful and fascinating place. This post continues my series engaging with India.
Sunset over North Andaman. Photo credit: Michael Adams
Linnaeus in Sámi dress, portrait by Martin Hoffman, 1737.
Two hundred and eighty years ago, the founder of modern taxonomy, Carl Linnaeus, travelled from Luleå to Jokkmokk, both towns in northern Sweden, and connected by the Lule River (jokkmokk, or in the Lule Sami language, Jåhkåmåhkke,means ‘bend in the river’). Linnaeus was on his ‘journey to Lapland’ documenting the ethnobiology of Sami reindeer herders in their ancestral home, Sápmi. I have just returned to Australia after retracing part of his trip.
We were all in Japan as members of the Indigenous Peoples Knowledges and Rights Commission (IPKRC) of IGU. IPKRC has an established protocol of engaging with the local Indigenous communities of the country hosting any given IGU conferences. So for thirty members of the commission (postgraduate students, academics as well as accompanying family members of different nationalities), our Japan experience commenced with a pre-conference trip to Ainu Mosir – Hokkaido – the northernmost island of current-day Japan. The field trip foreshadowed the Indigenous-themed sessions of the conference to consider the political struggles and programs for the retention and revival of Ainu culture.