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04 December 2014 Colombia

Traditional cartography of the rivers and aquatic beings in the south east Colombian amazon

Traditional knowledge holders travel through the territory using mental maps and recitations of each place. Each recitation starts in the mouth of the Amazon and reaches their place of birth and settlements covering an extended portion of the Amazon rainforest.

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03 December 2014 Colombia

Local research: our own language, our own knowledge

Pragmatic and experiential knowledge of women and men living in direct contact with natural resources and ecosystem services is a fundamental part of the cultural heritage of local communities. Such knowledge is translated into decisions that are taken on a daily basis by farmers and other inhabitants of the territory. This local knowledge is transmitted through generations, sometimes it includes variations and sometimes it is actively built and renewed in face of adaptation challenges, in terms of environmental factors or the appearance of new actors.

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29 October 2014 Colombia

National Campesino Cultures Meeting

From 29-31 October 2014 the National Campesino Cultures Meeting will take place in Curití (Santander). The meeting will provide an opportunity to express and debate the great variety of cultural expressions of farmers (campesinos) in Colombia and for the recognition of the knowledge and practices of rural communities around the country.

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20 October 2014 Colombia

Farewell to Daniel Matapí

In recent years, Daniel Matapí became from a learner, a facilitator and a field guide to a teacher, a leader and a loyal friend. Thanks to his research and his delicate weaving of relationships among indigenous and “white people”, and among different ethnic groups, he will be remembered as an important person in the dialogue of knowledge, necessary for the indigenous communities in the Colombian Amazon.

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08 September 2014 Colombia

Abel Rodriguez, local researcher, receives 2014 Principal Prince Claus Laureate award

Abel Rodriguez, an elder of the Nonuya people, an indigenous group from the mid Caquetá River in Colombia, receives the Principal Prince Claus Laureate 2014 award for his outstanding work as a botanist, an artist and his knowledge and understanding of the Amazonian ecosystem.

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08 September 2014 Colombia

Tropenbos International shocked about the death of local researcher Daniel Matapi

Daniel Matapi, an indigenous researcher of the Matapi – Yucuna ethnic group from the mid Caqueta River, passed away along with other people on board of a crashed small plane in the Amazon region of Colombia.

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