In August InsightShare’s Latin America Director Maja and Raymundo from the Asociacion Qolla Aymara (in Puno, Peru) travelled to northern Mexico to facilitate a PV training in Vicam, Sonora with the participation of representatives of the indigenous Yaqui and Seri communities. Despite the intense heat the participants created three beautiful videos: “Pnaacoj ancoj - Walking in between the mangles” (4min.),
“Imitaasi” (7 min.) and “Ba"a ba"ata Wike - Water calls water” (13 min).
Local coordinator Anabella remarked that “this is the first ever training organised by Yaqui people and open to all Yaqui people.” The videos were presented to an audience of community members and representatives from the local Yaqui school. Through the interest of the audience - this screening helped the participants to realize how valuable their videos are. The videos express the feelings of the communities on climate change issues and propose new strategies for a life in harmony with nature.
At the end of the training the participants made plans to produce more videos by introducing the PV process to their community members. In February 2011 they will have a meeting during which they will share these videos with each other. The intention is that this will seed participatory media hubs in both Seri and Yaqui territories.
"The 14th of August at 8am we started with a initial ritual asking for permission and we invoked Mother Earth and the deities to be able to accomplish with the objectives of the training. Then we blessed the cameras. To start any activity we need to make a ritual to invoke the deities or the thank them; we do that to show our empathy with nature because we humans are part of her."
Raymundo Aguirre Mamani, PV facilitator, Aymara, Peru
Part of Conversations with the Earth
Through the Conversations with the Earth (CWE) partnership, InsightShare works with Indigenous communities to identify, train, and equip local videographers to enable them to record the impacts of, and responses to, climate change at the local level. Creating and sharing these video stories enables Indigenous peoples to contemplate and present their own perspectives on the effects of climate change to inform the global discourse. This has also created an opportunity to share local adaptation strategies and build donor support for community-based adaptation. Indigenous videographers are training people from other communities, helping to create a regional and a global network of Indigenous communities working on these issues. Communities participating in CWE are creating their own media and linking up through the emerging media hub network.
A CWE media hub is currently a space where video and audio equipment is stored and editing can take place, and is usually based in an Indigenous community or village. It becomes a focal point for communications, empowerment and cultural resilience. If possible, it is connected to the web and has electricity or renewable power source available for charging batteries and laptops etc. Local facilitators, who are paid a small stipend, provide support, resources, and equipment and reach out to include new local groups through developing participatory video projects. In some cases an InsightShare trainer is based here and organizes regional and international trainings and mentoring local indigenous trainers. A hub is envisioned as a catalyst for action in local communities but has a global reach as well. In 2010 the hubs will have the opportunity to broaden their media and communications skills further training by CWE partners and allies.