JULIA WATSON: INDIGENOUS INFRASTRUCTURE

Fri, Mar 8    3pm

Indigenous Infrastructures are a phenomenon found across the globe and allow humans to co-exist with nature. They are both an everyday response for survival and an extraordinary response to environmental extremes. In contrast to the homogeny of humanity, indigenous infrastructures are built by communities who are an evolutionary extension of life, in symbiosis with nature.

Pre-dating the Incan civilization, the Uros are one of the oldest and most unique tribes in South America. They are one of few civilizations that live in a unique floating world built from locally grown reeds, directly on a body of water in the high Andes. The indigenous Totora Reed provides them with a dynamic, local organic material from which islands and all structures are built.

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