RISING FROM THE ASHES - Bringing Dayak voices to UN

Emmanuela Shinta, a young Indigenous activist from the Dayak group and founder of the Ranu Welum Foundation, opened a plenary on REDD+ – a U.N. program on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation – on a personal note. In a moving story, she shared how her native landscape in the Indonesian Borneo went from being a biodiversity hotspot and life-giving sanctuary for her ancestors to being dubbed one of the world’s most polluted places in recent years.

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Culture and dance provides a platform for youth activism in Kalimantan

Emmanuela Shinta was visiting Australia from 26 November - 8 December and traveling to Brisbane, Byron Shire ( Nov 30 to Dec 4 ) then Gold Coast to present at the APWT conference to speak about the issues facing the Dayaks in Kalimantan and to launch her latest book Me, Modernism and My Indigenous Roots. The book is about her life in the midst of environmental destruction and industrialisation.

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"Even our lowest voices can be heard over all intimidation, when it’s telling the truth.”

Modernism and capitalism which infiltrate our culture make it hard to hear. But the ancient sound is different from other sounds. It can be heard over noises and ongoing debate that bury everything else. Even when it’s not shouting. Even if it’s just a whisper or the soft mention of the names of our elders, brothers and sisters. Even our lowest voices can be heard over all intimidation, when it’s telling the truth.”

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STORIES THAT MATTER - Australia Tour

This is an adventure to bring forth the ancient sounds from my beloved homeland, Kalimantan, to the world. Just in next few weeks, I will be bringing these stories to Oz. Dayak music, dance and song will come to four cities along with film showcase, talk and book launch.

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