In October, I gave a presentation titled The Warrau Canoe and the Construction of Landscape at the first Early Watercraft Congress in Vila do Conde, Portugal. The presentation was derived from my PhD thesis (in process), which is based on fieldwork conducted in 2022 and 2023 in Imbotero, a small village of Indigenous Warrau people in northwest Guyana. The canoes in question are dugouts, and "construction of landscape" refers to the cognitive processes of making sense of the physical environment in which the people live and creating personal and social structures to suit.
Click the image below to view the video on YouTube. A brief introduction to my presentation, by Dr. Niall Gregory, begins at 25:18.
Do watch the other presentations before and after mine on this video, and some of the other excellent presentations from the conference: