Archives for May 2007

Chief Alfred Red Cloud to Travel to Europe in June to Speak About Bison Project

Chief Alfred Red Cloud, 5th generation descendant of warrior/statesman “Makhpiya-Luta” (1822-1909), will be traveling to Luxembourg and France this June to speak about land recovery and bison restoration on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Alfred and his Tiyospaye have been working with Village Earth since 2003 to recover, protect, and utilize their alloted lands in the southwest corner of the Reservation. They have also helped other families follow the same path, recognizing the relationship between land, cultural survival, and political sovereignty.

Watch a Short Video Below of Alfred Speaking About the Buffalo.

Chief Red Cloud is scheduled to speak:

LUXEMBOURG

June 25th – Coshoola espresso bar, Glacis business center 9, allee scheffer, l-2520 luxembourg – tel 00352 2762 3075 – 6 – 10pm.

June 26th – june 26 2007- Meeting with TELSTAR BOYSCOUTS WWW.TELSTAR.LU MONTESSORI CRECHE IN FINDEL LUXEMBOURG 530PM TO 7PM

June 26th – Haus vun der Natur, Route de Luxembourg, L – 1899 Kockelscheuer (8.00 p.m.)

PARIS

June 29th – TBA

If you are interested in scheduling a speaking event or interview with Mr. Red Cloud please contact David Bartecchi at [email protected] or by phone at 1-970-491-0633.

Geographic Technology as a Tool for Indigenous Empowerment

There is only one month left before the monumental Indigenous Tribunal in the Ucayali region of the Amazon!

As part of the Tribunal, Village Earth was asked to facilitate community mapping workshops for Shipibo Communities but we need your support to get the necessary resources to indigenous leaders.

We’ve bundled these resources into a low-cost and easy to use “Mapping Kit” that we would like to give to community representatives participating in our free mapping workshop.


You can help by purchasing one of these kits for a Shipibo community today!

Support Village Earth and the Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon with your sponsorship of a Mapping Kit!
(Contributions of any amount are welcome, greatly appreciated, and 100% tax-deductible.)

Each Mapping Kit will include a hand-held GPS unit and Map Book of their territory to be given to community leaders. Village Earth will then provide the instruction in how to use this technology to their advantage.


Mapping Kits will enable communities to:

  • Identify their boundaries to determine if outside interests are illegally taking their resources or colonizing their lands.
  • Identify illegal logging using the satellite imagery available in the map books.
  • Map existing resources to establish a baseline for future comparisons of resource depletion/restoration
  • Better manage and plan for the use of their limited resources.

Village Earth has been using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to create maps of indigenous territory combined with satellite images of the region. Some Shipibo leaders have already used these maps to dispute government and colonist land claims and build their case in support of indigenous land rights in the region.




Your contribution not only provides the mapping resources, but will help further the greater collective vision for the alternative development of the region based on indigenous knowledge and values. By supporting the Shipibo’s efforts at mobilizing the region and these community-based mapping endeavors, together we can:

  • Organize indigenous communities in the Ucayali region to increase their economic and political clout to determine their own futures
  • Teach GPS technology to indigenous leaders so they no longer have to rely on expensive and biased government GPS technicians
  • Support Shipibo efforts to reclaim and restore indigenous land stewardship practices.

 


Update from the Field

Thank you to Nerio Reategui, our Shipibo project partner and friend, for sending these photos. He works as a translator between Shipibo, Ashaninka, and Spanish languages for an indigenous organization in the Ucayali region and spends a lot of time traveling to different communities some so remote it takes 3 weeks to reach by boat. Nerio has been involved in past Village Earth workshops and project activities.






Above: They are planting beds of Camu camu, a medicinal plant whose fruit they sell in regional, national and international markets. These photos were taken in Tahuania, a district in the Ucayali department of Peru.