Launched in April 2009, Conversations with the Earth is a collective opportunity to build a global movement for an Indigenous- controlled community media network. This newsletter brings all the latest news from the CWE Hubs around the world.
On the 29th October 2009 Soledad Muniz gave a talk about InsightShare´s work and the ´Conversation´s With the Earth´ project at CUiD (Cambridge University International Development). This article reviews her talk and concludes that she provided the audience with a convincing yet self-critical account of participatory video methods which was powerfully demonstrated in the 'Indigenous Voices on Climate Change' project.
InsightShare’s experience in the field shows us that when it comes to ideas for community development, local people are often the real experts. Unfortunately, although they know many of the solutions to their problems, they are rarely listened to, or empowered to act for themselves. We think there has been quite enough talk on this issue, but what can be done to change it?
Inuit elders and youth documented how they worked together on building a traditional sealskin kayak using traditional tools - the first traditional Copper Inuit kayak since 1950s. Beautifully shot and full of laughter and traditonal crafts and cooking this video is a fascinating document of a valuable community project.
'Growing Up in Cambridge Bay' charts the experiences and lives of local youth in Cambridge Bay in the Arctic Circle. They document traditional fishing, hunting, Arctic sports, local legends on the origin of death and musical traditions such as throat singing.
'Kuna Conversations with Mother Earth' was created during a Participatory Video during which the Kuna Indians of Panama documented their struggle to conserve the forests, their main source of food and traditional medicine.
Forest dwellers feel the heat as traditional seasons fail. Fruits are rotting on the trees due to the excessive heat. Even the forest floor is drying up. ‘Facing Changes in African Forests’ was created by members of the Baka community in eastern Cameroon during a Participatory Video training in April 2009.
'Peru Conversations with Mother Earth' is a powerful film relating the Andean cosmovision. Quechua videographers documented seasonal changes, hail, melting glaciers, christian fundamentalism, and other threats to their culture, livelihoods and landscapes.
Development in Practice is supporting Conversations with the Earth, by making the recent journal issue on Citizens' Media free to download until May 2010, and a print version available at a reduced cost.