Fresh Banana Leaves: Healing Indigenous Landscapes Through Indigenous Science


Written by environmental scientist Jessica Hernandez—founder of environmental agency Piña Soul and Maya Ch’orti’ and Zapotec woman—Fresh Banana Leaves not only unpacks the failings of Western conservationism, but within the author introduces, explains and contextualizes Indigenous environmental knowledge that proposes a vision for land management that’s sustainable and healing. These practices, born from several millennia of knowledge, have been long ignored because of racism and colonization—which are intrinsically linked to climate change. In this book, Hernadez educates through case studies and historical happenings, as well as contemporary experiences of Indigenous Latin American people.