Omora Ethnobotanical Park | Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program

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Omora Ethnobotanical Park

The Omora Ethnobotanical Park is located 3 kilometers west of Puerto Williams on the north coast of Isla Navarino. Within the park interpretative paths explore most of the major habitat types of the region: coastal coigue forests, lenga parks, ñirre forests, peat bogs, invasive beaver wetlands and alpine heath. In addition, the Róbalo River runs through the park, which also provides drinking water to Puerto Williams. The Omora Park aspires to be a natural laboratory to study the role of humans in the environment, an outdoor classroom for students and teachers of all ages, and a public space to experience the many ways of living together based on solidarity and respect between human beings and other biological species.

Image of Omora Icon as square embedded in text. The Omora Park, administered by the Omora Foundation and the Universidad de Magallanes, is dedicated to biocultural conservation in the extreme southern tip of South America. It receives its name from the Yahgan word for "hummingbird." However, in Yahgan cosmology Omora was more than a bird; he was also a revered hero. In ancestral times, when humans and other animals lived in the same society, little Omora would settle disputes of the community, maintaining a dialogue between society and nature.

Listen to the story of Omora as told by the Yahgan grandmothers Cristina and Ursula Calderon

The holistic meaning of Omora symbolically bridges the divide between humans and other living beings. The Omora Park attempts to embody this lbroader definition in its mission to "integrate biocultural conservation with social well being at the ends of the Earth."

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