Indlela yokuphila (The path of life) – Innovative connections between traditional knowledge, ocean science and ocean decision-making

June 09 2020 @ 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The Indlela yokuphila event offers a digital storytelling experience, using illustrations and voice over, of the soul’s journey through the oceans in Zulu traditional ancestral belief. The soul’s journey is remarkably similar to the scientific idea of the water lifecycle. This journey was explained during an interview with a traditional Zulu historian, and a traditional Zulu healer for the One Ocean Hub research project on transformative ocean governance in South Africa.

The social scientists and artists working on this project use this storytelling to illustrate how, if we are willing to listen closely, scientific knowledge and indigenous knowledge can at times align. It offers an interactive discussion with the researchers and artists on how novel arts-based research approaches reveal shared, inter-related concerns around our oceans within scientific and indigenous knowledge systems. This assists in bridging current disconnects between knowledge systems within oceans-related decision making.

(Feedback comments and responses on the digital storytelling video and web text will be made available for those who do not make the live discussion).

  • Present a digital storytelling experience on the role of water and the oceans in traditional Zulu spiritual beliefs in South Africa
  • Explore how scientific and traditional ancestral beliefs may align around the importance of the oceans
  • Illustrate how novel-arts based approaches can reveal shared, inter-related concerns around the oceans
  • Share learnings and discuss how to bridge the disconnects between different knowledge systems in relation to ocean governance policy
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New York, NY 10069
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