<º))))>< HOW DOES THE OCEAN SUSTAIN A CULTURE? <º))))><
- The ocean is the natural resource sustaining the culture of the "water people."
- Water people include Maori, Native Hawaiian, Yucateco Maya, Native Alaskan, First Nations, and many more.
- The water people practice their rituals in the ocean and waves and rely on the animal spirits of the ocean for survival.
- Most of them are fishermen and fishing allows them to survive.
- The ocean alleviates poverty in many coastal communities.
- It serves as the blue economy for those who cannot rely on wealth or technology.
- The ocean is sacred and every element that comes from the ocean is worshipped by the water people.
- Sacred sites to the water people include the cenotes, underwater caves that are used by the government for touristic sites.
- The water people live off the ocean, sustain their practices and traditions by the ocean and depend on the ocean for food and shelter.
- Issues affecting the ocean are also jeopardizing a way of life and culture.
- It allows young individuals to continue practicing tradition and maintaining the indigenous way of life.
- The water people rely on herbs and natural medicines that come from the ocean.
- Seafood plays an important role in many of their traditional dishes.
- Indigenous cultures practice sustainability, consuming most of the body of fish or other marine animal.
- The fur of some marine mammals are important elements for the tribes' traditional regalia.
We are not myths of the past, ruins in the jungle or ZOOS. We are people and we want to be respected, not to be victims of intolerance and racism."
Rigoberta Mench'u Tum
Kaknab is centered on various indigenous principles that coastal indigenous communities share and differ in. It is important to understand that coastal indigenous communities are not homogeneous and can differ in certain aspects. The videos below are for educational purposes only. They depict how three coastal indigenous communities are similar, yet different.