Historically, interactions between the tribe and outsiders have been largely male-dominated, so we prioritized accessing the female populations in order to gauge their levels of education and facilitate discussions regarding empowerment.

October 2017

The Embera Dóbida pueblo, which according to the Indigenous Association of Antioquia represents 2.67% of the indigenous population of Antioquia, lives in Vigía del Fuerte, a municipality in the middle of Antioquia located 300 kilometers from Medellín, in the Urabá area. The Embera Atrato Medio educational institution is located there, an ethno education project that brings together 38 indigenous communities in the area and place of the Chicas Poderosas workshop.


The location of Vigía del Fuerte makes this geographical point a traditional scenario of the Colombian armed conflict. They operated for several years on the 34 and 57 fronts of the FARC, which until 2014 continued carrying out attacks and harassment against the armed force and the civil población of the municipality. It is currently home to one of the campsites adapted by the Government for the concentration of former FARC combatants, for the implementation of the Peace Agreement signed in 2016.

 

The workshop
The activity consists of a workshop of days aimed at young people between 15 and 18 years of the Embera Atrato Medio Educational Institution, in which methods and tools will be shared that will serve to strengthen the narration of the collective memory of the Embera Dóbida pueblo. During the first day we will have a workshop on identity and report. We are what we count. We are full of reports, images and stories that we have built from our other ideas. A journey of recognition, narration and storytelling from the emotions. During the second day we will explore narrative techniques, images and sound. Exchange of experiences, recording and editing of pieces.

In an effort to better understand the issues plaguing these indigenous communities, we planned interactive workshops with the Embera Tribe of the Vigía del Fuerte in 2017 region that sought to provide a window into their lives in spite of language barriers. 


In the absence of modern technologies, we explored traditional expressions of culture as a means to more meaningfully access the lives of our participants. These expressions included traditional practices such as: weaving, beading, and craftwork.

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The team:

María Paula Martínez ,Diego Escobar Luna, Alejandro GómezEstefania Avella, Eliana Vaca