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Nearly Extinct Indigenous Bolivian Group Passes on Culture With Educational DVD

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Aug 17 2012, Bolivia [BO], Education

The Baure, a nearly extinct indigenous group of the Bolivian Amazon basin are creating an educational DVD for secondary school students throughout Bolivia.

The DVD is called ‘The World of the Baure” and will be included in schools in a greater program to emphasise Bolivian indigenous cultures and preserve them. It is an interactive DVD that will feature encyclopedia type of information, but also many video and sound clips. The advantage of these educational DVDs over a website is that even schools without an internet connection can use this material. Additionally, the DVDs can also be used by the Baure themselves to educate people about their history and customs.

The Baure are an an indigenous group of the Bolivian Amazon, inhabiting Baures village and the nearby small communities. Their numbers have slowly dwindled and currently, there are only 50 people left who still speak the Baure language. Several Baure have already been interviewed about their local customs and their language for the DVD and videos, audio clips and images are already collected.

The DVD is part of a bigger programme to preserve indigenous cultures by using multimedia. This is supported by IICD and Edukans through the Connect4Change consortium and Bolivian indigenous group supporter APCOB.  For the Baure project, the Indigenous Center of Baures is also closely involved.

A detailed project description is available on the international transparency ‘Really Simple Reporting’ platform, created by software developer Akvo. Donations to the project can be made on this page. 

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