Ethnographic Exhibit of Mediterranean Pastoralist Common Territories
Virtual Museum of Human Ecology2021
Pastoral populations and cultures, inherited from a millennial tradition, are present in the Mediterranean region, as well as in many other regions of the world. Their knowledge, trades, customs, beliefs and rituals persist, defending lifestyles based on the sustainable use of the resources of their territories. As a result of positive ancestral bio-cultural relationships, they have created and maintained cultural landscapes with high levels of biodiversity, even in places subject to very adverse natural conditions.
The exhibition of the Virtual Museum of Human Ecology, coordinated by Pablo Dominguez is a joint effort of research groups and institutions from different countries. It takes a tour of pastoral communities in Spain, Morocco, Montenegro and Turkey, showing the main components of these lifestyles: communities, rituals, livestock, territory,… as well as the conflicts and threats to which the Mediterranean pastoral communes are subjected, which the pastoral communities strive to resist with dignity. Pau Sanosa, Silene team member, has contributed to the Spanish section with texts and pictures.