Brenda  Brown

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The Tzintzuntzan landscape habitat restoration, originally conceived as a landscape as/of sound, resulted from investigations during my residency at Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras (CMMAS) in 2010.  Serious on-site investigations of sound and landscapes soon bring one to realize that sounds are linked to habitat, and as students of Ecology know, habitat is entwined with ecosystem structures and functions - with landforms, moisture, light, temperature, wind and water as well as the interacting flora and fauna of food webs.  On my first visit to the Tzintzuntzan national archaeological site I brought a guidebook that breezily informed me that the onomatopoetic Purépecha word, "Tzintzuntzan," means "place of the hummingbirds" and advised me not to expect to find hummingbirds there now.  While I was at Tzintzuntzan, the evocative name merged with the site's magnificence to kindle my imagination and engender an idea:  Tzintzuntzan could be designed so that hummingbirds repopulated it thus transforming and enlivening the acoustic environment.  Past and current connections between nature and culture also would thus be revealed and renewed.
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Through CMMAS director Rodrigo Sigal, I met Dr. Roberto Lindig-Cisneros, a professor and restoration ecologist at Instituto de Investigaciones en Ecosistemas y Sustentabilidad (IIES) at the Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Morelia campus.  After a short meeting we embarked on the project together.  Images here document some of the work.that has ensued.  It has included an introductory brochure, site analyses, research and graphic compilations of relevant bird and plant species, planting design, seed collection and propagation, planting and construction.  Much of thias work has been in conjuction with the Instituto Naccional de Antropologia e Historia (INAH), the agency that manages the site.
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