Sourires,  sourires

Tant de sourires ont jalonné ces quatre années passées à parcourir les Amériques. Ils ont le don unique de vous réconfort vos réjouir en un instant. Ce don est d’autant plus fort lorsqu’il s’agit d’inconnus. 

A l’occasion d’un pause déjeuner et repos sur la route tortueuse et âpre entre Sucre, la capitale bolivienne et Potosí, je croise le regard de ces deux habitants. 

Je participe à un concours photographique de Verdié voyages. Si vous aimez cette photo voyez pour elle svp !  



La vida de este trozo de selva tropical húmeda del Napo cambio para siempre cuando recibió esta persona de visita. Hace mas de un cuarto de siglo, Angelica, una suiza, visito la selva con una otra pareja extranjera y con Remigio, un guía indigeno (nacionalidad Kichwa) . Sorprendidos de no ver muchos animales, tuvieron la idea loca de emprender a proteger la selva para que regresen los animales. Poco a poco, con el soporte de donantes del mundo entero (cooperativa suiza GSR), bloques de selva primaria y secundaria fueron comprados a dueños extranjeros y protegidos bajo ley. Se llama Selva Viva, del mismo apellido que la ONG que maneja los proyectos turísticos, el AmaZOOnico. Ahora son 1750 hectareas protegidas, a pesar de varios obstáculos administrativas y legales por parte de las autoridades. Lire la suite

Idle No More, Giving Voice to First Nations Rights

Vancouver Idle No More Protest

Vancouver Idle No More Protest

Since our arrival, we discovered with surprise the numerous protests in the street in downtown Vancouver. People wore colourful traditionnal costumes. At that time, we did not realize the meaning of the « Idle No More » words written in all slogans.

But we knew that First Nations Rights was a « hot » conversational topic with the people here. I remember when I traveled to Australia, it was the same there with the Aboriginals. I didn’t understand very well the origin of the silent conflict.

As usually, conflicts appear when we reduce reality with stereotypes and charicatures. On one hand, First Nations were the first, so they could claim at least for the same rights as the « colonizors » have, especially when it’s about the protection of their living territories. On the other hand, cons blame First Nations-related stuff because they believe that aboriginals misuse the money they receive from the Federal government and use for getting drunk. Stereotypes, I told you! Lire la suite

MOA or How to Promote the Aboriginal Culture

The Museum of Anthropology of Vancouver. A place of extraordinary architectural beauty. A place with a provocative programming and vibrant, contemporary exhibitions. A place of active exploration and quiet contemplation. A place of world arts and cultures.

The Project’s Team had the opportunity to experience it and enjoy the exhibitions related to Native First Nations as well from other remote civilisations (Papoua New Guinea, Micronesia, Antartic…). We particularly appreciated the exhibition telling the story of Gwaii Haanas’ Heritage, internationally-known for its well-preserved houses and poles. The land and sea in this remarkable place are protected as a Haida UNESCO Heritage Site, as well as a National Park Reserve and National Marine Conservation Area Reserve. The cooperative management agreement, reached after the turmoil of a blockade and five years of negotiations is now a model for conservation and natural resource governance in the world.

The Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia is world-renowned for its collections, research, teaching, public programs, and community connections.

The MOA provides innovative and imaginative exhibits and programs, and encourages full academic and student participation of the University of British Columbia.

The MOA Centre for Cultural Research (CCR) undertakes research on world arts and cultures, and supports research activities and collaborative partnerships through a number of spaces; including research rooms dedicated to collections-based research, an Ethnology Lab, a Conservation Lab, an Oral History and Language Lab supporting audio recording and digitization, a Library, an Archives, and a Community Lounge for the use of groups engaged in research activities. The CCR includes virtual services supporting collections-based research through the MOA CAT Collections Online site that provides access to the Museum’s collection of approximately 40,000 objects and nearly 80,000 object images, and theReciprocal Research Network (RRN) which brings together 430,000 object records and associated images from 19 institutions.