EcoLogic works with many indigenous groups throughout Mexico and Central America, including the Garifuna people in the Amatique Bay.
Gabriela González, EcoLogic Director of Programs, chats with Leslie Colón, President of the Barranco Sustainable Fishing Cooperative, on a boat ride through the Amatique Bay. (Photo Credit: Chris Patterson).
As perhaps all EcoLogic supporters and fans know, we work hand-in-hand with rural and indigenous communities in Mesoamerica to conserve nature in ways that empower local people. For most who have traveled to the region, particularly in Guatemala, the word “indigenous” is likely associated with Mayan ethnicities—rightfully so, given Mayan groups make up about 40% of the population of Guatemala. However, if you’ve been fortunate enough to visit the Caribbean coast of Central America, you might have been introduced to the Garifuna, a minority indigenous group with a distinct language, music, food, and way of life.
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EcoLogic has renewed its partnership with ArtCorps to bring hands-on, art-based learning on environmental issues to classrooms in Totonicapán, Guatemala.
ArtCorps workshop participants showing off their colorful designs and talking about conservation in Totonicapán, Guatemala (Photo Credit: Mario Ardany de León Benitéz).
EcoLogic is always looking for ways to expand our toolbox of practices and techniques that inspire the active participation of rural communities is conservation. Our relationship with ArtCorps is a perfect example of both of these efforts. This past month, EcoLogic and ArtCorps combined forces once again to conduct a hands-on workshop with teachers in Totonicapán, Guatemala. A key component of our initiative in Totonicapán is working with our local partner, the Association of Communal Mayors of the 48 Cantones, to preserve indigenous Maya K’iche’ knowledge and beliefs around forest protection—beliefs which have enabled the K’iche’ communities of Totonicapán to effectively protect over 50,000 acres of forest for the past 800 years—and making sure that that knowledge passes down to younger generations. To achieve this, we use several techniques, including leveraging the expertise of ArtCorps!
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EcoLogic has a brilliant team of volunteers and interns doing work on all kinds of issues related to our work, from Geographical Information System (GIS) mapping, to sustainable fisheries, to participatory methods in conservation, and more!
EcoLogic Intern Annie Spaulding in Sarstun, Guatemala. Photo Credit: Amanda Foster)
From high school students up here in Cambridge, to graduate students down in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, EcoLogic has the most incredible interns right now—none of whom get us coffee or run errands! Internships at EcoLogic can lead to many places. Past interns now hold jobs at the Gates Foundation, the World Bank, and the UN Development Program, among others—in fact, four of our current staff members started as interns, including our Executive Director!
Read more about EcoLogic’s current intern team >>