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Project October 29, 2021

Cosmology & Pandemic: What We Can Learn From Indigenous Responses to Current Health Crisis

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Project coordinators Tracy L. Barnett and Hernán Vilchez are coordinating a multimedia team in a seven-country, seven-part transmedia series of articles examining the ways in which Latin America's Indigenous peoples are responding to the Covid-19 crisis — responses that are not only fascinating in themselves but can be deeply instructive to our modern society as it struggles to come to grips with the crisis and look ahead to a post-pandemic world.

From the Mapuche of the Southern Cone to the Shipibo of Peru, from the experiences of the Kamëntsá of Colombia, to the Waurá in Brazil to the Mayan people of Guatemala — each community is finding its way through this the crisis with the guidance of its own cosmology and ancestral medicine, generating a wealth of experience and learnings worthy of being shared and put into use by the global community.

The project draws on the talents of 14 local and Native film crews, enabling them to enter remote reserves and villages in the Amazon, the Andes and beyond — places Westerners rarely reach. During the height of the pandemic, these contributors conducted in-depth interviews with traditional healers, community leaders, wisdom keepers, youths and elders. 

You can see the full project in English and Spanish here https://cosmopandemic.esperanzaproject.com/?lang=en

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