People and Plants International

Videos and DVDs


 Fortunata Panzo Panzo and Miguel Torres filming, Zincalco, Sierra de Zongolica, Veracruz (Mexico). Photo: C. López



This collection of videos have been produced as part of our capacity-building projects among indigenous people, farmers, community-based organizations and/or indigenous universities on a wide range of issues relating to people's relationship to, use and management of forests and forest resources.


El cuidado de los árboles maderables en la Sierra de Zongolica (Management of timber forest resources in Sierra de Zongolica), Mexico, 2013. This video is aimed at farmers from the higher elevation forests of the Sierra de Zongolica, Veracruz, Mexico, who for a number of years have attempted, with varying degress of success, to cultivate and manage trees for timber within their agricultural plots. Available in Nahuatl and Spanish versions, the video covers general and technical aspects relating to managing timber trees effectively in order to produce high-grade timber for local use and sale. The DVD includes a simple logbook with some written guidelines to assist farmers keep accurate records of their managmenet interventions.


La importancia de los montes y plantaciones forestales en la Sierra de Zongolica (The  importance of forests and family-owned timber plantations in the Sierra de Zongolica), Veracruz, Mexico, 2013. Filmed and edited by indigenous graduates this DVD captures some of the experiences of small holders managing their forest resources in the lower and higher elevation forests, offering some general and technical advice.


Ixtlamachilistli tlen masewaltlatokallistli (Conocimientos tradicionales del campo) Duraznotla, Tehuipango, Sierra de Zongolica. 2013. Filmed and edited by Fortunata Panzo Panzo, a Nahua graduate from the indigenous university UVI (Universidad Veracruzana Intercultural), this video provides an inside portrait of traditional knowledge and practices associated of the Nahua from the Sierra de Zongolica, and is part of a social revitalization process  that seeks to strengthen local agroforest-based food and production systems for social and environmental well-being.

Cafetales bajo sombra (Shade-grown coffee agroforestry), Pahuatlán, Puebla, 2012. This video was made by students from the Secondary School of Xolota in the community of Xolotla (Pahuatlán, Puebla). It aims to document and reflect on the social, cultural, economic, and ecological importance of shade-grown coffee forest groves (cafetales). Students interviewed their parents, grand-parents and coffee farmers in order to first gain a better understanding of the different aspects and changes associated with these spaces, and to familiarize themselves with the traditiional knowledge and cultural richness of the nahua and ñañhu peoples that live in the municipality. The video itself is part of PPI's project "The Importance of Traditional Shade Grown Cofee Agroforests and the Managagement of Trema micrantha in the Sierra Norte de Puebla. Its production was made possible thanks to the generous support of The Overbrook Foundation. To watch the video click here. Watch this student photo essay on the process of researching and making the video and this videotaped interview of a coffee processor in Pahuatlán.


Exchange between Nahua students and farmers from Puebla and Veracruz, 2012



Making a dendrometer band for community forest inventories using locally sourced materials (2005).  Dendrometer bands are a useful tool for measuring tree growth rates. This short instructional video shows how to make a dendrometer band using locally available, cheap materials, as an alternative to commercially-made bands which are both expensive and out of the reach of most Mexican farmers. Watch video.





 PROMETRA (Ecuador):'Canelos: History and Life' ('Canelos: Historia y Vida') was filmed and edited by a Kichwa student, Luis Canelos, as part of a video exchange between Kichwa indigenous peoples in Ecuador and Peru








PROMETRA (Ecuador): Scientific research and the strengthening of traditional medicina and intercultural health (La investigación científica y el fortalecimiento de la medicina tradicioinal y la salud intercultural).  This video was presented during a session on intercultural health at the 13th Congress of the International Society of Ethnobiology, Montpellier, France, 20-25 May 2012. For more details on this session click here and scroll down to session 'S25'. 



People and Plants Video Series

Between 1992 and 2004, and as part of its partnership between UNESCO, WWF-UK and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew between and 2004, People and Plants produced seven videos demonstrating different aspects of practical methodologies in applied ethnoecology. These videos can be ordered from the Natural History Book Service Ltd website. 

People, Gorillas and Forests: Ethnobotanical Methods and Multiple-use Management in Uganda
A.B. Cunningham (1997); VHS video, 27 minutes.

Saving the Wooden Rhino: Ethnobotanical Methods and Kenya’s Woodcarving Industry

A.B. Cunningham (2001); VHS video, 25 minutes.

Carvers, Conservation and Consumers
A.B. Cunningham (2001); VHS video, 11 minutes.

Carving a Future: 10 Lessons for Sustainable Woodcarving Enterprises
Camera, script and direction:Tony Cunningham; Editing: Gary Burke, Production Function; Music: Mpingi Drummers; Narration: Michael Loney, 2001, VHS video, 24 minutes. 

Medicinal Plants in the Hidden Land of Dolpo: Working with Himalayan Healers at Shey Phoksundo National Park
Camera, script and direction: Yildiz Aumeeruddy-Thomas (2001); VHS video, 26 minutes.

People and Plants in Practice
Scripted and edited:Tony Cunningham; Filmed: Tony Cunningham, Yildiz Aumeeruddy and Gary Martin, 2001, VHS video, 25 minutes.

Tree Skin: Methods for Studying People's Use of Bark
Camera, script and direction: Tony Cunningham; Editing: Nic Zimmermann & Pippa Hetherington, 2003, VHS Video, 26 minutes.