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  • Popplestone, Ann
    ... From: Don [mailto:dbain@TELUS.NET] Sent: Tuesday, February 13, 2001 6:52 PM To: ANTHRO-L@LISTSERV.ACSU.BUFFALO.EDU Subject: Indigenous language and
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      FW: Indigenous language and cultural identity project (Guatemala)

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Don [mailto:dbain@...]
      Sent: Tuesday, February 13, 2001 6:52 PM
      To: ANTHRO-L@...
      Subject: Indigenous language and cultural identity project (Guatemala)

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      Subject: [GKD] Indigenous language and cultural identity project
      Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2001 10:33:46 -0800
      From: Steve Cisler <cisler@...>
      Reply-To: gkd@...
      To: gkd@...

      Enlace Quiché project, Santa Cruz de Quiché, Guatemala.

      Toward the end of 2000 I was hired to spend a week in rural Guatemala
      helping with the Enlace Quiché project. This is run by Academy for
      Educational Development LearnLink and is supported by USAID. This is a
      short report about the project.

      At the conclusion of the decades-long civil war in Guatemala, the 1996
      peace accords afforded the Mayan peoples more recognition of their
      languages and need for cultural identity. Even though these principles
      were recently rejected for inclusion in the Guatemalan constitution,
      there are many outside programs to promote this and to strengthen the
      institutions in Mayan parts of the country.  Quiché department was the
      site of more than half the 650 massacres that took place during the war.
      As such it has received a lot of attention, and there are many programs,
      evidence of which are the number of white 4WD vehicles and pickups
      driving around Santa Cruz de Quiché.

      The goals of the Enlace Quiché project
      <http://www.aed.org/learnlink/task/index.html> are to produce multimedia
      materials for language instruction and strengthening cultural identity
      in teacher training schools in the area. There are four technical
      assistants who run the labs of new machines and work with the teachers.
      The EQ project has staff with expertise in creating books in html, a
      database of Spanish-K'iche'-Ixil words, language games and exercises
      programmed in Visual Basic, and a CD-ROM of projects that will be done
      by the students. For instance, the skill of the weavers and embroiderers
      of the area is outstanding, and each village has different designs. One
      plan is to make a survey of the styles and techniques for different
      areas.  EQ is also putting on workshops for the teachers, and later in
      2001 the Ministry of Education and others are sponsoring the Hemispheric
      Indigenous Education Fair, July 25-27, 2001. Guatemala City. Write
      pebi@... . No web page yet.

      From looking at other projects in the Americas and a few in Asia, this
      seems to be one of the best organized, with plenty of resources.
      However, due to the high cost the center only has slow dialup access to
      the Internet, and the outlying schools have none. That may be a project
      for 2001.

      Steve Cisler

      Appendix: Indigenous projects and papers archived for the EQ project.

      Youth mapping projects and newsletters from Wisconsin

      The Greenmap projects with some Spanish material.

      Student newspaper projects.


      A childrens museum and tech center in La Paz, Bolivia. Dedicated to
      indigenous groups.

      Colombian education project in Spanish.

      Community projects in Spanish.

      Dominican Republic. Cultural Identity.

      American Indian cultural project by Buffy Ste. Marie.

      Indian resources from the Center for multicultural multilingual


      Cultural survival Quarterly issue on idigenous groups and the Internet

      Books in full text and columns on bilingual education from Northern
      Arizona University
      Hawaiian language immersion program in Hawaiian.

      New Zealand Maori

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