An Album on Ecology

An Appreciation: Southwest Nationalities’ Ecological Paintings—Ecological Culture and Ecological Civilisation in the Eyes of National Minorities in Southwest China

This is a collection of over 100 ecological paintings by artists from 16 national minorities and Han artists from Southwest China. They express the relationship between ecological culture, national culture and healthy ecological systems in various communities, seen from the perspective of the respective national communities. These paintings bear witness to a wealth of rich and varied ethno-ecological knowledge among minorities in Southwest China, and cultures that recognise the reciprocal relationship between human beings and nature. The production of this book aims to raise public awareness for the environment. It is also a response from the minorities in Southwest China to the call from the Chinese government to build an “ecological civilisation”. It shows that elements of ecological civilisation can be found in the traditional cultures of these national minorities.

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