CARE & MEDICINE
The people have always made that clear to us: deforestation is another word for making the forest sick, for making communities sick, making the people sick, and contaminating the water."
- Freddy Ferreyra, Instituto del Bien Común, Iquitos
We have cared for ourselves and others in new and familiar ways throughout the pandemic. The burdens of care have also been taken up in both new and familiar ways.
How have you taken care of yourself and your loved ones during this time?
HANDMADE FACE COVERINGS FROM THE PHILIPPINES
Working with community members who co-curate the Philippine collections at the Field Museum, Dr. Analyn Salvador-Amores from the Museo Kordilyera and CORDITEX project in the Philippines collected handmade face and head coverings from communities throughout the Philippines.
COMANDO MATICO: REVOLUTIONARY TRADITIONAL MEDICINE
Formed in response to COVID-19 deaths in Indigenous Shipibo communities in Peru, the Comando Matico's mission is to save lives through plant medicine, to revitalize community knowledge of ancestral medicine, and to regenerate medicinal plant species that have been endangered by deforestation.
CHICAGO MASK MAKERS
During the pandemic many Chicagoans began making and distributing masks. While the inspirations behind them may vary, each mask made was a physical demonstration of our desire to care for each other.
IN THE NORTHWEST AMAZON
Indigenous organizations across the Amazon, along with state agencies and NGOs, created digital infographics to more easily spread consolidated, pertinent information regarding preventative measures against the disease, as well as resources for accessing support.