> “Their environment is like a temple, a sacred place,” says Chaparro Villafaña...“We are in constant dialogue with them, as if they were one of us.”

Colombia's "starry night" toad was thought to be extinct, but the Indigenous Arhuaco community of Sogrome has been protecting them and their habitat. Now they are partnering with scientists. The latest from Jason Bittel: nationalgeographic.com/animals

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> Archaeologists—predominantly male—gave ancient ages names like “Iron” and “Bronze,” rather than “Pottery” or “Flax.” This implies that metal objects were the principal features of these times, when they are simply often the most visible and long-lasting remnants.

Kassia St. Clair discusses weaving in prehistory, in an excerpt from her book about the history of fabric. lithub.com/what-if-we-called-i

> Canadian media is designed so that journalists of color give up.

Soraya Roberts explains the excruciating whiteness of Canadian media, which has driven journalists of colour to jobs in the States or out of the industry entirely: longreads.com/2019/12/11/the-g

(People are talking about this again because Denise Balkissoon, one of the few non-white columnists in the country and the only one at the Globe & Mail, recently announced she is taking a position at the women's mag Chatelaine.)

I have not been able to bring myself to read this New Yorker feature by Dexter Filkins yet.

"Blood and Soil in Narendra Modi’s India: The Prime Minister’s Hindu-nationalist government has cast two hundred million Muslims as internal enemies." newyorker.com/magazine/2019/12

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