Position Paper for the Interdisciplinary Working Conference “Endangered Languages, Endangered Knowledge, Endangered Environments.

University of California at Berkeley. ©1996 Luisa Maffi. All rights reserved.

This is an original work of authorship derived from the “Endangered Languages, Endangered Knowledge, Endangered Environments Conference”, held in Berkeley, California, U.S.A., 25-27 October, 1996. First posted on the W.W.W. 1 November, 1996. Do not reproduce, cross-post or cite without first obtaining the permission of the author.

Aim and scope of the conference.

The working conference “Endangered Languages, Endangered Knowledge, Endangered Environments” will be the first international joint meeting of linguists, anthropologists, ethnobiologists, cognitive psychologists, cultural geographers, economists, biologists, ecologists, natural resource conservationists and managers, and indigenous rights advocates to discuss the interrelated threats faced by the linguistic/cultural and biological diversity of the planet. The goal is to identify a common framework and to formulate integrated plans for systematic research, training, and action aimed at addressing urgent preservation and promotion needs in this biocultural sphere. A special focus will be on the role of traditional environmental knowledge — and of the languages in which it is encoded — in the continued viability of indigenous and minority groups, in the conservation of the world’s ecosystems, and in the maintenance of sustainable human-environment interactions.

Rationale and background for the conference.

In their respective fields, these various communities of researchers and advocates have called attention to the effects of rapidly occurring global processes of socioeconomic and ecological change on the very objects of their concerns: human cultural and linguistic groups and their traditional knowledge, biological species, and the world’s environments. An ever-growing body of literature on vanishing cultures; language endangerment, shift, and death; and biodiversity loss and environment destruction has been accumulating in recent years, attesting to the perceived gravity and urgency of such issues. Over several decades, ethnobiologists, human ecologists, and other social as well as biological scientists have been recording traditional peoples’ classification, knowledge and use of the natural world, their ecological concepts, and their resource management strategies, while also documenting the causes and consequences of local cultural and environmental disruption. Cognitive anthropologists and psychologists have devoted considerable attention to issues of human perception and categorization of natural kinds, biological learning and reasoning, environmental beliefs, and environmentally-relevant decision-making, as well as to the cognitive and social correlates of multilingualism and of orality vs. literacy. Political scientists and ecological economists have focused on the study of institutions and economic models from the point of view of their ecological sustainability.

This body of work clearly attests to a shared keen interest in the future of humanity and of life on earth. So does an abundance of related activities and structures such as specialized meetings, international conventions, large-scale research and training programs, international networks of research centers, professional societies’ initiatives and statements, advocacy groups, in addition to innumerable grassroots movements and local-level organizations. To cite only a recent few among many: the Linguistic Society of America’s initiation of a Committee on Endangered Languages and Their Preservation and institution of related sessions at its annual meetings (1991); its “Statement on Language Rights” (see LSA 1996); the Permanent International Committee of Linguists’ establishment of a U.N.E.S.C.O.-sponsored “Endangered Languages Project” (1992); three major meetings on endangered languages in 1995 (Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.J.; A.A.A.S. Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA; University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M.); the creation of the International Society of Ethnobiology (1988) and its elaboration of a statement of mission (“Declaration of Belém”) aimed at the documentation, maintenance and promotion of traditional biological, ecological, and medical knowledge, and at the protection of indigenous human rights, including linguistic and cultural identity and resource rights; the development of an extensive international network of centers devoted to the documentation and application of indigenous ecological and agricultural knowledge (coordinated by the Center for Indigenous Knowledge for Agriculture and Rural Development [C.I.K.A.R.D.], founded at Iowa State University in 1987); the U.S.A.I.D./W.W.F./T.N.C./W.R.I.-sponsored Biodiversity Support Program (started in 1988); the U.N.E.S.C.O./W.W.F.-International/Kew Gardens-sponsored People and Plants Initiative on the Sustainable Use of Plant Resources (begun in 1992); the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (U.N.C.E.D., the “Earth Summit”, Rio de Janeiro, 1992), its establishment of the Convention on Biological Diversity and of the global action plan Agenda 21; the parallel N.G.O. “Earth Parliament” meeting; the formation of Systematics Agenda 2000, a consortium of international institutions devoted to biosystematics, with the stated mission of “charting the biosphere” (1994); the International Conference on Indigenous Peoples, Environment, and Development (Zurich, 1995); the ongoing Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity; and the recent initiation of the Indigenous Peoples’ Biodiversity Network, a world-wide association of indigenous peoples devoted to preserving biological diversity and to promoting awareness of the connections between biological and cultural diversity.

Such research and activities provide commanding evidence of the comparable magnitude and exponential increase of the threat faced by human linguistic and cultural diversity, on the one hand, and biological diversity, on the other. They also point to the complexity of human-environment relationships on earth, and suggest fundamental links between human languages and cultures, non-human species, and the earth’s ecosystems. In particular, evidence is emerging of remarkable overlaps between areas of greatest biological and greatest linguistic/cultural diversity around the world. These striking correlations require close examination and must be accounted for. Issues of human-environment coevolution may be involved, and if so, the foreseeable consequences of massive disruption of such long-standing interactions need to be addressed. From this perspective, linguistic and cultural diversity and the loss thereof — with its frequent corollary of loss of traditional ecological (and other) knowledge and practices — can be seen as an integral part of the overall ecological processes affecting biodiversity on earth.

Areas of biological megadiversity, such as the earth’s remaining rain forests, are both the most poorly known to science, and those in which biodiversity loss is most dramatic. These same areas host the world’s highest concentrations of linguistically and culturally diverse human groups, who have traditionally lived in close contact with their ecological niches. While there is a need for a systematic assessment of the circumstances of both positive and negative impacts of human activities on biodiversity and ecosystem health — in small-scale societies as well as with the rise of complex civilizations — there is a basic consensus that such peoples possess detailed and accurate knowledge of their environments, and that this knowledge represents an essential resource for efforts aiming at preserving biodiversity and promoting sustainability, both locally and globally. However, such knowledge is being rapidly lost as global socioeconomic factors disrupt traditional ways of life, causing poverty, population growth, and overexploitation of the environment by both local groups and outside forces. External pressures commonly promote tensions and conflicts over local peoples’ land rights and impinge on these peoples’ human rights (including linguistic, cultural, and resource rights). They also foster change in perceptions and attitudes on the part of local peoples, often leading to the disvaluing and abandonment of traditional knowledge and behaviors and of the languages that are the repositories and means of transmission of such knowledge. In whatever other ways biological and linguistic/cultural diversity may be related, their continued viability on earth is certainly being affected by the same global diversity-reducing, homogenizing phenomena.

In spite of the remarkable convergence among the various lines of thinking, research, and action that have been pursued on the threats faced by linguistic, cultural, and biological diversity, intercommunication across all of these intellectual communities has been lagging behind. Emerging evidence of the timeliness of this topic is found in a few recent initiatives, such as the meeting “Losing Species, Languages, and Stories: Linking Cultural and Environmental Change in the Binational Southwest” organized by Gary Nabhan (Tucson, AZ., April 1-3, 1996), and the creation of “Terralingua: Partnerships for Linguistic and Biological Diversity”, a nonprofit devoted to information and education on issues of linguistic diversity and its relationships with biodiversity. An increasingly sustained and broad-ranging exchange of information is now crucial among concerned scholars and advocates, and a common framework needs to be created to adequately meet these global challenges. The working conference “Endangered Languages, Endangered Knowledge, Endangered Environments” is intended to address this need. Selected representatives from the fields mentioned above will meet at the University of California at Berkeley for a three-day intensive workshop (25-27 October , 1996). The conference is funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation, U.C.B.’s Office for Research and College of Letters and Sciences, and the U.N.ES.C.O./W.W.F./Kew Gardens’ “People and Plants Initiative”. It is sponsored by U.C.B.’s Department of Integrative Biology and University Herbaria, as well as by Terralingua. Conference participants are among the major senior and junior experts in their respective domains, who have done work relevant to the issues in question in a variety of the areas of greatest linguistic/cultural and biological diversity — from the Americas to Oceania to Southeast Asia to Africa; several of them are natives of such areas. They will combine their intellectual resources to set forth common avenues for research, training, and action in this biocultural domain.

Topics to be discussed.

From the perspective outlined above, a series of broad interdisciplinary issues will be discussed at the conference. Among the questions to be addressed are the following:

  1. What solid evidence do we have of sustainable human-environment relationships among indigenous and minority groups around the world, and under what circumstances, currently and historically? What kinds of human activities, and in which institutional and economic settings, have resulted and result in the maintenance or disruption of such relationships?
  2. What role does the preservation or loss of traditional ecological knowledge have in the maintenance or disruption of such relationships?
  3. What role does language have in the acquisition, accumulation, maintenance, and transmission of this knowledge, and how does language loss affect these processes?
  4. What socioeconomic factors underlie processes of language/culture shift and changes in environmental knowledge and behavior?
  5. What are the cognitive underpinnings of attrition due to contact between different linguistic and cultural models, as well as different knowledge systems?
  6. How do these phenomena of change affect individual and societal choices and decision-making (with special reference to activities affecting the environment)?
  7. How can our understanding of these issues best inform systematic studies of ethnoecological knowledge change/loss as well as action aimed at biocultural diversity maintenance and promotion?
  8. How can this understanding best be made available to local communities as a tool for informed decision-making?
  9. How can it best be used to educate the general public on the global threats to linguistic and cultural diversity and their relationships to ecosystem endangerment?

(Additional questions that have been submitted for discussion by conference participants are found in the Appendix to this paper.)

A more general goal of the conference will be exploring a possible common theoretical framework for thinking of cultural, linguistic, and biological diversity. At this level, a suggestion for discussion is whether and how an evolutionary perspective may provide such a framework. The use of evolutionary theory to account for the emergence of human culture, as well as (more controversially) to correlate genetic trees of human populations with genetic trees of human languages, has been widespread in both anthropology and biology; so has the use of biological metaphors in linguistics. However, when the focus shifts toward understanding diversity as such, the more relevant questions have to do with the adaptive nature of variation in humans as well as other species, and with the role of culture and language as providers of diversity in humans (perhaps accounting for the lesser genetic diversity shown by Homo sapiens compared to the most closely related primates). Models of variation and selective retention, as applied to cultural evolution, then come to the fore. In this context, instead of taking for granted language/culture diversification as the consequence of human groups drifting apart in space and time, it becomes possible to focus specifically on that diversity and draw inferences from it, such as on population movements and human interactions in given bioregions. It also becomes possible to ask questions about diversity as such: questions about the possible adaptive functions of variation (biological or otherwise) in humans, and about the possible role of language and culture as providers of diversity in humans. It becomes possible to ask whether cultural and linguistic diversity and diversification share substantive (not merely metaphorical) characteristics with biological (including human) diversity and diversification — characteristics that ultimately are those of all life on earth. If this perspective is correct, then the question about the foreseeable consequences of the current rapid and drastic loss of linguistic and cultural diversity around the world can be asked not only in terms of ethics and social justice, or of maintaining the human heritage from the past. It can be asked also in the same evolutionary terms as questions about loss of biodiversity — that is, as a question about the future: as being related to the continuing viability of the human species in all of its variation. And issues of cultural and linguistic diversity preservation may be formulated in the same terms as for biodiversity: as a matter of “keeping options alive”.

Conference structure and dissemination of results.

Participants will ask what we know on these issues; what we need to know; how we may proceed to find out about what we need to know; and how this knowledge may be applied most fruitfully toward solving problems in biocultural diversity preservation. To foster fruitful interaction, a considerable amount of preparation was done prior to the conference to establish common ground among this interdisciplinary group of people. An initial set of presentations on the first day of the conference is meant to further accomplish this goal, by introducing some of the main issues and perspectives involved in each field and pointing to the emerging links. A series of case studies will be presented on the second day, while the third day will be devoted to a discussion of action strategies. The abstracts of all presentations were pre-circulated, along with the participants’ biographical sketches; participants were encouraged to interact with one another ahead of time based on presentation topics. A set of interdisciplinary background readings was compiled and distributed by the organizer. The conference will be geared toward debate, with ample question and discussion sessions. On the second day, work groups will be formed to elaborate recommendations for research, training, and action. A “white paper” will then be drafted jointly by these specialists, to be included in the publication that will result from the conference. Based on the experience derived from the conference, participants will also outline an interdisciplinary curriculum for later implementation in academic and other training contexts (of which curriculum the conference reader may become an element).

Conference presentations and discussions will be tape-recorded as a source of data for the later preparation of the resulting publication. The revised versions of the conference papers are meant to be published as an edited volume, preceded by an introduction written by the conference organizer, and followed by the text of the “white paper”. The volume is intended to reach a broad interdisciplinary readership of ethnobiologists, ecological anthropologists, cultural conservationists, linguists, biologists, ecologists, natural resource conservationists and managers, as well as native advocacy groups, N.G.O.s, international organizations, and policy-making bodies. Given the timeliness of the topic, all efforts will be made to publish the volume promptly. Initial contacts have been made with Island Press and Westview Press in view of submission of the volume. Further suggestions will be solicited from the participants. The “white paper” is also intended for publication as a separate document, to ensure its widest possible distribution, with a special focus on reaching the local level in countries around the world. An electronic version of the “white paper” will also be made available on the World Wide Web, at the site operated by Terralingua. Long-term information and education efforts along the lines of the conference’s theme will also be undertaken by Terralingua, according to its mission. In addition, conference participants will be encouraged to write reports of the event for the most widely distributed journals and professional newsletters in their respective disciplines, as well as for more popular publications. Finally, the broad geographic and institutional spread of conference participants is bound to ensure a far-reaching dissemination of the results.

It is also expected that this meeting will promote working relationships between the experts involved and others, as well as with students and other trainees, in both academic and non-academic settings — also thanks to the publications and training curriculum that will emerge from this event — thus spreading the conference’s perspective broadly. Above all, the conference will outline a common framework for dealing with some of the most urgent problems facing science and policy on the verge of the 21st. century: helping preserve biodiversity and maintain and develop the human wealth represented by indigenous languages and cultures and the environmental (and other) knowledge they embody, for the benefit of local linguistic/cultural communities, humanity at large, and the world’s ecosystems.


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APPENDIX Additional questions and issues submitted for discussion at the conference. (H. Batibo) – How do we assure countries — especially the numerous multilingual and multiethnic countries of the Third World who believe that the only key to national unity is the enforcement of monlingualism and monoculturalism — that recognizing minority languages and cultures could, in fact, be the only way to bring about mutual trust in a nation, and therefore unity? (S. Brush) – How strong is the relationship between linguistic diversity and biological diversity? – Is linguistic diversity a pragmatic or a moral good? – How do languages persist in a world where human populations are at or above 8 billion and where spatial (market and political) integration is the norm? – Can we define minimal criteria for language survival as we have for species survival? – Must small languages depend on state or international support and/or protection to survive? (M. Florey) – What methodological questions are involved in researching cross-disciplinary issues of linguistic and biological diversity? – How can we better train ourselves and our students to undertake cross-disciplinary research in a more adequate and more effective way? – How can we increase indigenous collaboration and improve the training of local people in this work? – Can we discuss and/or promote indigenous rights in settings such as Indonesia in which the interests of the state may conflict (sometimes violently) with the interests of local groups? (J. Hill) – To what degree is specific environmental knowledge necessarily encoded in indigenous languages, or to what degree is it extractable from those languages and available through other codes? (G. Martin) – How do we return results of research to communities as a way of increasing resilience to culture/linguistic change? – What are the comparative rates and nature of linguistic/cultural/environmental change according to the political, social and economic context of different countries? (R. Norgaard) – At the end of the 20th. century, many people in Western culture perceive a loss of wholeness and of power because of a sense that decisions are made by impersonal, distant experts. How can we transform this dissaffection into a new system of empowerment which is not only more equalitarian and respectful of experiential knowledge within Western culture but protects the knowledge systems of other cultures as well? Some good can come from working through existing top-down, expert systems such as the World Bank, etc. to protect cultural and biological diversity. But we also need to work with and facilitate a new social order that respects experiential knowledge across cultures, including especially people within our own culture as well as recently Westernized peoples. (A. Pawley) – How do we find money to be able to properly plan and complete long-term “endangered …” projects? For example, most of us have to contend with the fact that funding agencies tend to give modest grants for fieldwork but won’t pay for subsequent writing up or analysis time. In the nature of things these sorts of projects involve a lot of tedious analysis and documentation. U.N.E.S.C.O. sometimes gives my Department funds for very short term research, but nothing long term or major can get planned or supported that way. Also, people working on Australian Aboriginal languages are uniquely advantaged in having a federal government with a guilty conscience that has handsomely supported pedagogical and pure research programs since 1972. But then able people like Saem Majnep, outside the university system, don’t have ready access to any research funds except in partnership with an academic. (E. Smith) – Given the seemingly inevitable incorporation or entanglement of local social and ecological systems into national and global systems, what if anything can be done to preserve cultural diversity? – What if indigenous or local communities do not wish to preserve biodiversity or cultural diversity? What if they see socioeconomic linkages to global capitalism as more desirable than autonomy and conservation? (S. Zent) – Significance of ethnoecological loss/change as a research topic: urgent need for detailed, systematic descriptive and comparative case studies. – Problems of measuring traditional knowledge loss and ethnodiversity change. – Global/national/regional/local links relevant to an understanding of changes in local environmental knowledge and behavior. – Environmental knowledge acquisition: formal and informal, intrusive and traditional. – Strategies of cultural conservation.

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