MamaBlogger365 – Unheard Voices by Aiya Art

"Unheard voices: the loss of indigenous peoples and native ecosystems" © Aiya Art; all rights reserved.

“Unheard voices: the loss of indigenous peoples and native ecosystems” is a glimpse into the struggles that face the several hundred tribal communities of West Papua. Hidden away from the world, these tribes are fighting for their existence under a violent political regime and are under constant pressure from the development and exploitation of natural resources. A year after Avatar became the largest grossing motion picture, the plight of indigenous peoples and the fragile ecosystems that support them is largely unheeded. Meet Ocraba, mother of three and my childhood friend. She is Fayu, a people who have dwindled to less than 300 individuals.

Close-up of center panel © Aiya Art; all rights reserved.

Bio: Though born in Germany to German parents, Judith Kuegler grew up among tribal communities in Nepal and Indonesia. Her interest in creating art began at a very early age and is profoundly influenced by her multicultural upbringing. After attending Art College in German she moved to the US to continue her studies in art and psychology. Judith works as an artist and writer specializing in global women’s issues, multiculturalism and anthropology. She lives with her two sons in North Carolina.

Her work has been featured in a variety of publications such as, Victoria Magazine, American Scientist, Motherverse, Juno, Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering and New Beginnings. Judith participates in group and solo gallery shows as well the Carrboro and Hillandale Art Walks, MOMart and Whimsical Women. Her blog about art, motherhood and everything in between can be found at http://judithkuegler.wordpress.com

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