Hunt in the forest
The fear to feel excluded from the purely natural, feels like an intruder in the plots that man has intervened and nature has resumed. – Curro Rodriguez
The last standing native landscapes we think are natural and untouched today have been managed and guarded for centuries by tribes and indigenous cultures that weaved their way of life in tune with nature. They sustained from its riches in the form of food to medicine and protected it by identifying pockets of the forest that were the heart to its survival – these pockets are where they believed the spirit of the forest resides and as a form of worship allowed the spaces to flourish without any human interference. Every being inhabiting these forests was contributing to the spirit of the grove, allowing life and man to become a part of this delicate symbiosis.
These rich biodiverse pockets identified as Sacred Groves are what have sustained the unique native flora and fauna – built from the knowledge passed over millenia, and a deep relationship its people have cultivated and shared with the forest.
In my work I explore the relationship of the hunters that received from the forest and the same hunters that helped in the survival of the forest.
With native lifestyles and indigenous knowledge regressing rapidly in the face of unsustainable socioeconomic transformation and materialistic consumption patterns of today– what relationship will we share with the forests that we have inherited as todays generation?