Indigenous Communities and LO-TEK solutions to Climate Change
Julia Watson dares to propose that indigenous communities are pioneers of technologies that offer solutions to climate change. In her new book, LO– TEK Design by Radical Indigenism, Watson argues that tribal communities, seen by many as primitive, are highly advanced when it comes to creating systems in symbiosis with the natural world. One example are the Kayapo people, an indigenous community in Brazil who inhabit a vast area spreading across the states of Pará and Mato Grosso, south of the Amazon Basin and along Rio Xingu and its tributaries.
They are one of the various subgroups of the great Mebêngôkre nation (people from the water’s source). Their agricultural villages are designed in circular patterns in the rainforest called “Apete.” They have an agroforestry system that introduces hundreds of different species of plants that are incredibly productive for food. They are a sharp contrast to the cattle ranchers who are cutting trees in the Amazon and demonstrate that a different type of farming that integrates into the canopy of the rainforest can still produce food without damaging the ecosystem.