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Recent Activities in Serra Grande and region!

Posted on December, 14 2017
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It’s been a while since our last update, so we wanted to share some of our recent activities locally. Let’s start with one of our favorite and most common offerings from our 6 years on the road, a Común Tierra film-screening! 

It was great to share a few stories and videos from Común Tierra’s 6 years on the road, and since we only had time to watch 5 videos, we’ll be repeating again soon with more.


Presenting CASA, GEN and Transition Towns

A couple weeks after our film-screening, we helped to produce an event to present some of the results of the ECCO gathering in October 2017, and to present the Global Ecovillage Network, the Council of Sustainable Settlements of Latin America and the Transition Towns movement. This event was produced in partnership with Kamala Aymara (Destino Sustentavel) and Gabriel Siqueira (Irradiando Luz), friends and allies who live in the area and are involved with CASA and Transition.



After presenting the 3 networks mentioned above, we used the GEN Playing Cards to diagnose some of the strengths and weaknesses of Serra Grande in the 4 dimensions of sustainability. This activity led to a great discussion, and sparked a lot of interest from participants to continue a conversation about how to improve living conditions in the area, and protect local resources adequately. There will be follow-up meetings, and we’ll post an update sometime next year.


Visiting a Tupinambá village

We also recently went to visit a Tupinambá village just south of Ilheus. There we were graciously received by Ramon, the village Chief, who shared a lot about the tribe’s current challenges, and a little bit of their history. The Tupinambá’s are part of the great Tupi nation, and were the first tribe contacted by the Portuguese in modern-day Brazil in the early 1500’s. They have been surviving and fighting for their right to self-determination ever since.

The tribe of 8,000 has no federally recognized territory, so after a long and unsuccessful struggle to get official recognition for their lands, they have decided to re-settle their land on their own terms. The village we visited is home to about 500 people, with a school that serves kids from nearby villages as well.

Forum on Indigenous Education, Ilheus - November 2017


We will be visiting again in early 2018 with the hopes of offering a film-screening for the community and further building the relationship.

What's in store for 2018? More community building and local activities like the ones above, and yes, the publication of our book! More news on that soon...

Abraços - Ryan, Leti and Anahí

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