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Jatta Wöötanö – Yekuana Ethno-Communication About Their Culture

Categories: Amazonia, Grantees, Jatta Wöötanö
De izquierda a derecha Fernando Carías; responsable del proyecto Jatta Wöötanö , Maydareno Cortes; Director Organización Kuyujani, Saúl López; Facilitador y promotor principal del proyecto.

From left to right: Fernando Carías; Jatta Wöötanö project coordinator, Maydareno Cortes; Kuyujani Director and Saúl López, project promotor. Photo provided by project.

“Jatta Wöötanö – Yekuana Etno-communicators” is a digital media training project and information and communication technologies (ICTs) targeted at least 15 indigenous youth from the community of Boca de Ninchare located in the central part of the Caura River in the state of Bolívar in Venezuela. The place is characterized by having access to the Internet via satellite service provided by the National Telecommunications Company (CANTV), along with beautiful jungle scenery that make up the spaces used for training.

The innovative initiative is what we are calling “ethno-communicators,” which are members of the indigenous communities interested and skilled in the use of media and ICT tools. The youth possesses a deep knowledge of their culture, as well as the sensitivity, creativity, and responsibility to create content according to the realities of their people.

The project team consists of educators, cultural promoters and communication specialists, all with expertise in indigenous and cultural issues. They have historically been partners of the Indigenous University of Venezuela (UIV). The collective is made up of:

One of the first activities of the grantee project was held on September 29, with a meeting between program coordinators and the Kuyujani indigenous organization, the collective ally that advocates for the interests of the Yekuana and Sanema communities in the and the Caura River basin.

The meeting served to present the ideas and objectives of the activities that will take place in the coming months in the Boca Ninchare community, which will be the epicenter of the digital media (social networking) trainings offered to the indigenous youth. The Kuyujani organization offered all the necessary logistical support for transportation and sharing the open call for participants, as well as their interest to provide similar activities in other communities in the future.

Translated from Spanish by Eduardo Ávila.