Indigenous bloggers from the North Rupununi Region in Guyana to safeguard their traditional culture
WWT Consulting is a key partner on the project and has worked with indigenous people in the region for over a decade. The project has given many indigenous people from across the Guiana Shield region a voice and this is yet another demonstration of how people are taking control of their own communication to protect their culture and environment.
Pantanî – pronounced ‘pan-duh-nee’ – means “stories” in Makushi, the language of the indigenous people of the North Rupununi.
The beautiful Rupununi region has been the home of the Makushi tribes for many centuries. The region’s environment, its extensive savannahs, huge rivers, wetlands and thick forests have shaped its inhabitants’ worldviews. Indigenous people have in turn told a vast amount of stories and legends to describe their environment while transmitting their values, culture and language to younger generations. Many oral legends and stories witness the intensity of that relationship, however few have reached a public beyond local communities and the others are increasingly threatened to be forgotten as youngsters are drawn to different lifestyles.
With the help of four indigenous bloggers, Pantanî aims to broadcast stories on the Internet and help safeguard traditional culture while spreading some indigenous wisdom to the world. In 2014, it can’t hurt! Stories are usually published on Fridays.
Hope you enjoy it!