culture + learning

Our learning initiative focuses on culture as a tool for exploring how history has influenced the contemporary.


Indigenous Wisdom + Inventions

Proverbs, adages, sayings, storytelling and other practices are commonly used by elders in African cultures, to educate and convey a wealth of knowledge and wisdom among her people to conserve the culture. Even within their immediate surroundings, nature in its pure and sometimes altered state, provides a learning environment that prompts an inquiry into the "cause and effect” of certain actions taken, as visually presented via related images.


Unlike Pink Flamingos that extract pink pigments from algae and crustaceans they filter out of the water to eat—which explains their pink feathers—these originally yellow chicks are dyed pink for a reason: To confuse the Hawk, known for preying and hunting for food by sight (99% precision) and flight (speed of 120 mph). The hawk has a high visual acumen or eyesight, good for detecting its prey from a far yet concealed location, before suddenly dashing to seize the prey using its strong claws. This bird’s eye has four types of color receptors (or cones) that detect specific colors (or wavelengths) of light and respond to natural selection faster—improving their identification of shapes and textures—which is why elders protect their poultry by dyeing these chicks an un-natural pink color: Indigenous Wisdom.

NATURAL SELECTION

Source: https://www.warrenphotographic.co.uk/06716-light-sussex-bantam-hen-and-chicks

Source: https://www.warrenphotographic.co.uk/06716-light-sussex-bantam-hen-and-chicks

INDIGENOUS WISDOM: INVENTION

Source:  Adunni Olorisha’s compound in Oshogbo, Nigeria

Source:

Adunni Olorisha’s compound in Oshogbo, Nigeria

MODERN FACTS

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bird_vision

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bird_vision