From the Editorial Team

This issue highlights the 13th ISE Congress that took place in Montpellier, France, in May 2012. We hope you enjoy!

– Natasha Duarte, Liz Thompson, Sarah-Lan Mathez-Stiefel and Leslie Main Johnson

The 13th ISE Congress in Montpellier, France

Montpellier Congress Logo_lrgLooking Back, Reflections on the 13th ISE Congress Montpellier, France, May 2012

Contributed by Edmond Dounias, Congress Coordinator. Inevitable Unforeseen: When, in July 2008, we brought to Cusco the application of Montpellier to host the 13th Congress of the ISE in 2012, we did not anticipate 5 major events…

Lunch at the Montpellier CongressOn the Ground in Montpellier

Contributed by Edmond Dounias, Congress Coordinator. Our important sponsors, media coverage, and the theme that guided the congress. The success of the Congress wouldn’t have been possible without the efforts and contributions of the Congress organizers and sponsors…

13ème congrès de la Société internationale d'Ethnobiologie -Summary of the Main Congress Components

Contributed by Edmond Dounias, Congress Coordinator. The 2012 ISE Congress was organized in four complementary and interconnected components: a scientific colloquium; side events open to the general public; educational projects carried out by pupils throughout the region; and an indigenous forum.

2Pre- and Post-Workshops Held in Conjunction with the 2012 ISE Congress

Several workshops were organized by partners on the edge of the Congress:

SidConcert at the Montpellier Congresse and Post Congress Events

Contributed by: Edmond Dounias, Congress Organizer. In addition to the pre-Congress events, the Biocultural Collections 10th Annual Meeting was held as a side-Congress meeting and a post-Congress seminar was convened on the topic Why Do We Value Diversity? A Dialogue on the Definitions, Implications and Uses of Biocultural Diversity

ISE_Logo_sepiaISE Programs and Prizes at the 2012 Congress

All of the ISE programs were highlighted at the 2012 ISE Congress. The Global Coalition for Biocultural Diversity held a 1-day workshop as part of the Indigenous Forum, the Ethics Program and Darrell Posey Fellowship Program for Ethnoecology and Traditional Resource Rights had tables and demonstrations during the poster session which drew much attention and activity, and the 2nd ISE pre-Congress Workshop for Emerging Ethnobiologists was convened. Additionally, the Student Prize competition was continued.

Upcoming Events

14Update on the ISE 2014 Congress

The Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment under the Department of Forests and Park Services (Ministry of Agriculture and Forests), in partnership with the ISE, is pleased to host the 14th ISE Congress in Lamai Gompa, Bumthang, Bhutan. The Congress will be convened from June 1-7, 2014, with all fieldtrips following the Congress week…

2012 Student Workshop 23rd Pre-Congress Workshop for Emerging Ethnobiologists

The ISE Student Representatives, Olivia Sylvester and Anna Varga, have begun working on the 3rd Pre-Congress Workshop for Emerging Ethnobiologists to be held in late May of 2014 in conjunction with the ISE Congress in Bhutan. The Workshop is titled Walking across generations towards peaceful coexistence

Ethnobiologists’ Bookshelf

Peoples and NaturesPeoples and Natures

Book release from the ISE Congress for the general public. The IRD éditions published a book for the general public right on time for the congress. The purpose of this book is to inform about the tremendous diversity of topics explored by ethnobiologists through 120 pictures taken by nearly fifty researchers during their fieldwork throughout the world.

Bringing Our Languages Home: Language Revitalization for Families

Edited and with a How-to Guide for Parents by Leanne Hinton (ILI/CILO partner). Throughout the world individuals in the intimacy of their homes innovate, improvise, and struggle daily to pass on endangered languages to their children.

Aymara IndiansAymara Indian Perspectives on Development in the Andes

By Amy Eisenberg, Ph.D., Photography by John Amato, RN. Aymara Indian Perspectives on Development in the Andes presents our collaborative research with the Aymara people in the Andes of northern Chile. We conducted ethnographic interviews with Aymara people in more than 16 villages from the coast to the high plateau, 4600 meters above sea level.

You Don’t Look It!

ISE Member Beckee Garris was born on the Catawba Indian Reservation in Rock Hill, SC. She is the granddaughter of former Chief Albert H. Sanders, Sr. and the great-granddaughter of former Chief Samuel Taylor Blue. She shares with us a poem from her not-yet-published book. She wrote this poem, titled You Don’t Look It! after hearing this one time too many. She adds: Native People come in all different shades from dark to fair skinned; some even have blue eyes and blonde hair.