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Lead investigator: Dr. Amy Eisenberg
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On these pages you will find some of the activities of daily life I have viewed. I attempt to show the ebb and flow of life. My emphasis is visual anthropology/natural history photography. There will be many more additions on a regular basis so this site should be in a constant state of growth both in content and refinement. Comments are always welcome. My best to all.

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I was project photographer for a study of the Kam people funded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). The research area will encompass the provinces of Guizhou, Guangxi and Hunan, China. The goal of the project is to research and document the Kam people's effective use of land and natural resources, which they have accomplished for 2000 years and the impact of current economies and social changes on their life styles. The Kam people have balanced rice production and water use throughout their known history. They are also able to utilize the land for grazing in harmony with their surroundings.

Goal:
Traditional knowledge will be preserved for adaptive management of land use that has been proven to work for 2000 years. The Kam people's approach to land management is of value to other communities, not only its present locality of China but also in communities in other parts of the world. If the Kam system is not documented and researched it most likely will continue in their community but the dissemination of this valuable knowledge is unlikely to occur. An example of sustainable and balanced land use by the Kam people is cultivation of tall-stemmed rice, which can live in deeper water than many species of rice and is more resistant to disease than current hybrid varieties that are widely used. With the deeper water that the tall-stemmed rice requires, fish can also thrive, which in turn consume insects and the fish are a source of food for the Kam people. . If future economic forces are such that changes are made to the Kam system of land management and it has not been documented, their proven agriculture and pisciculture methods may very well be lost.


There will be one published documenting all findings. The book will be titled, "Kam Local Indigenous Knowledge and Sustainable Resource Management in Guizhou and Guangxi Provinces, China". A database will also be established to preserve and disseminate this knowledge base.
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**Supported by grants from:
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UNESCO, LINKS
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UNDESA

***Contributors:
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Irene and Edwin Schaeffer
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Randi and Fred Hirschmann, Hirschmann Photography

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June 6th, which was World Environment Day (WED) was the first year Jishou University participated in this important event, thanks to Dr. Amy Eisenberg. The image of the two students reading the WED pamplet was chosen as the recipient of WED's best photo for 2006 from around the world and will be featured in an upcoming United Nations Environment Programme WED booklet.

Being right doesn't mean you have the right. JA

All photography by John Amato

Copyright. Use of any image or text is strictly forbidden without my explicit written permission.

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Live life as if you'll die tomorrow...
Learn life as if you'll live forever..." -Gandhi

Published work on the Kam minority:

Ethnobotany Research & Applications

Vol 7 (2009)

Kam Guilzhouh nyim Guangxxih di Benxtux Wenchual nyim Zihyuanc dih Gonxliix: Kam Local Indigenous Knowledge and Sustainable Resource Management in Guizhou and Guangxi Provinces, China

Amy Eisenberg, Paul John Amato, Deng Tao



email: john.amato@yahoo.com

Copyright. Use of any image or text is strictly forbidden without my explicit written permission.

I tinker with life's possibilities and have discovered, being right doesn't mean you have the right.

If you have no children, Who, will you tell your stories to?







Dillingham, Alaska
Dillingham, Alaska
Alaska traveled in the Summer.
Alaska traveled in the Summer.
ShangHai 2013
ShangHai 2013
Alaska Thaw to Spring.
Alaska Thaw to Spring.
Alaska Frozen
Alaska Frozen
China, another perspective. A look at everyday life. In every face & place there is a story.
China, another perspective. A look at everyday life. In every face & place there is a story.
the Desert - Tucson, Arizona
the Desert - Tucson, Arizona
Pohnpei,  Micronesia -FSM- 2010, 2011
Pohnpei, Micronesia -FSM- 2010, 2011
** just a little light **
** just a little light **
** the poor the needy the begging the cons and the giving of alms **
** the poor the needy the begging the cons and the giving of alms **
** Kam Agroforestry in a 300 Year Old Village **   a UNESCO/UNDESA funded project. China
** Kam Agroforestry in a 300 Year Old Village ** a UNESCO/UNDESA funded project. China
** Kam Local Agriculture and Pisciculture ** a UNESCO/UNDESA funded project. China
** Kam Local Agriculture and Pisciculture ** a UNESCO/UNDESA funded project. China
leica b and w
leica b and w
faces with a leica
faces with a leica
love the child
love the child
Toys Children Make, Children's Innovations
Toys Children Make, Children's Innovations
** NEPAL **   ** What I Saw **
** NEPAL ** ** What I Saw **
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) World Environment Day June 2006
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) World Environment Day June 2006
* * TIBET * *  A People and Their Culture  * *  August 2006
* * TIBET * * A People and Their Culture * * August 2006
Leica M9
Leica M9
Two Days of Protests in San Francisco, California.  Olympic Torch April 8-9, 2008
Two Days of Protests in San Francisco, California. Olympic Torch April 8-9, 2008
Tibet Day 2009
Tibet Day 2009
*** personal favorites ***
*** personal favorites ***
Images That Hold Special Meaning or Interest to Me
Images That Hold Special Meaning or Interest to Me
Galleries of Cities and Villages that I have visited in China.
Galleries of Cities and Villages that I have visited in China.
Market Day
Market Day
The Many Faces of Humankind
The Many Faces of Humankind
hands
hands
Black and White images
Black and White images
FLOWERS and other plants
FLOWERS and other plants
Animals I have had the pleasure to enjoy the company of and some I wish could have had a better life.
Animals I have had the pleasure to enjoy the company of and some I wish could have had a better life.
6 and 8 legged animals   ++ Click on thumbnails to enlarge image++
6 and 8 legged animals ++ Click on thumbnails to enlarge image++
Reptiles and Amphibians I have had the pleasure to meet.
Reptiles and Amphibians I have had the pleasure to meet.
Environmental Impacts
Environmental Impacts
** Love That Bird **
** Love That Bird **
** the cat and the child **
** the cat and the child **
** just a little black and white **
** just a little black and white **
Various images of electronics
Various images of electronics
The Beach
The Beach
Animals used for medicine.
Animals used for medicine.
 In Box
In Box
Nascar: infineon Raceway - June, 2010
Nascar: infineon Raceway - June, 2010
Pohnpaid * Pohnpei *  Petroglyphs- October 2010
Pohnpaid * Pohnpei * Petroglyphs- October 2010
What i saw
What i saw
Weekend retreat.
Weekend retreat.
Ohmine Public Elementary School
Ohmine Public Elementary School
A visit to the HiFiman and the assembly line for daps and headphone amplifier.
A visit to the HiFiman and the assembly line for daps and headphone amplifier.