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 realise 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 their new videos with the representatives of the Comcaac community. The intention is that this process will seed participatory media hubs in both Seri and Yaqui territories.
During a participatory video project, a group of Yaqui consulted their community elders to document how their local climate has changed and discovered that "water calls water": after a dam was build in the mountains, the Yaqui river dried up and rains stopped coming. As a result, the Yaqui are suffering from very long and severe droughts making it impossible for them to cultivate their fields with their native crops.
This video was made by indigenous representatives of a Yaqui community -who were trained together with representatives of the Comcaac community of Punta Chueca - during a participatory video training that took place in Vicam, Sonora (Northern Mexico) in August 2010.
Local coordinator Anabella remarked that "this is the first ever training organised by Yaqui people and open to all Yaqui people." Despite the intense heat during the project the participants created two beautiful videos: 'Imitaasi' and 'Ba"a ba"ata Wike - Water calls water'.
The project was facilitated by InsightShare's Latin America Director Maja and Raymundo from the Asociacion Qolla Aymara (in Puno, Peru) as part of Conversations with the Earth. Launched in April 2009, Conversations with the Earth is a collective opportunity to build a global movement for an indigenous-controlled community media network. CWE works with a growing network of indigenous groups and communities living in critical ecosystems around the world, from the Atlantic Rainforest to Central Asia, from the Philippines to the Andes, from the Arctic to Ethiopia. Through CWE, these indigenous communities are able to share their story of climate change. Through the creation of sustainable autonomous indigenous media hubs in these regions, CWE fosters a long-term relationship with these communities, based on principles of local control and supporting indigenous media capacity.