Who is Nature? VR visions from Indigenous Latin America and Australia

Academic

Adrian Hearn
School of Languages and Linguistics

Intern

Thomas Keep
School of Historical and Philosophical Studies

Project Description

This interactive 360 film explores the meaning of nature for Indigenous communities in Mexico, Cuba, and Australia.  Viewers visit a Mayan sacred cenote lake and reserve in Mexico’s Yucat√°n peninsula, a medicinal forest in Havana, and the landscape of Western Australia as it is sculpted by the Aboriginal Dreamtime serpent Beemarra.  Interactive buttons within these scenes trigger interviews with elders and specialists, alongside texts to illuminate their histories and cultures.  Asked what nature means to them, their responses reveal an illuminating vision: nature is not a “what” but a “who”: not a resource for extraction but a living entity for interaction.  Enter the experience here: www.arts.unimelb.edu.au/who-is-nature

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