Malaysia, Temiar Forest July 2015
Awiss, the Temiar Village Chief, is shown here teaching his youngest ones how important nature is for their life and wellbeing. This highlights how vital the International Perfume Foundation’s program to replant aquilarea trees is to the region .
The importance of our natural world, its care and preservation, should be part of every country’s education/school program.
The value of Chief Awiss’ teaching as shown here cannot be overstated, and is an excellent example of how precious knowledge of nature and its bounty has been shared verbally through storytelling from one generation to another for thousands of years. Unfortunately, there are many other places around the world that have lost their heritage forever. Many other regions are at risk of losing their special knowledge of the natural world as older community members pass away and newer generations fail to see the richness of their past legacy.
Thanks to Awiss, this legacy of the value of these plants to the Temiar People will be preserved for future generations.
Thanks to the International Perfume Foundation and its sponsors the actual plants and flowers he is teaching about can also be preserved through our World Heritage Program.