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ABOUT Voices of the Indigenous

Voices of the Indigenous is a mini-documentary series produced by the Seeds of Wisdom team in order to document the work of Community Partners both past and present.

In series one, Paloma Abregú, Director of Community Partnerships; Ryan Dragon, Circle of Advisors Member, and Creative Director John Handem Piette traveled to Mexico, where they visited a number of Community Partners and attended the IFIP Global Conference.

These visits resulted in a wealth of inspiring and powerful stories that showed us the tremendous impact the Protecting the Sacred program has in the real lives of the Community Partners we work with.

Series one, which will contain six episodes, will begin airing on our YouTube Channel in December 2023. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating the amazing work our Community Partners are doing!

Mexico
Mexico

Filmed in early 2023, Voices of the Indigenous Series 1 focuses on Community Partners in Mexico and features a special episode highlighting the IFIP Global Conference 2023 which was held in Merida, Mexico. 

Episode Guide

Episode 1: Jovenarte

Release Date: December 17, 2023

The team meets up with Jovenarte founder Victor Santis to visit the village of Chalam. Here they meet with a community who has built their own community center and is working on a guide of medicinal plants for the village to use and reference. 

Episode 2: Coreco

Release Date: December 24, 2023

The team visits with Coreco, an organization founded in 1996 as part of an initiative started by the Diocese of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Mexico. Coreco is devoted to promoting positive conflict resolution, and a dignified and equitable coexistence. During the visit, the team sat in on a workshop with local community leaders in which they learned how to apply conflict resolution techniques in their communities and how to encourage youth to reconnect with their Indigenous identities, practices, and knowledge so they can connect with their roots rather than drug cartels.

Episode 3: Enlace

Release Date: December 31, 2023

The team visits a community of Indigenous Guatemalan refugees in Mexico. They proudly share the work they are doing using charts, graphs, and personal stories. 

Episode 4: Fire Ceremony

Release Date: February 11, 2024

In this continuation of the team's visit with Enlace, the team is asked to participate in a very special Fire Ceremony near Tziscao Lake. After the ceremony, they take a short walk across the border into Guatemala.

Episode 5: Ch'ieltik

Release Date: March 10, 2024

The team meets with a group of women who make fabrics and traditional clothing, and a group of youth who express the challenges of living in a predominately Catholic area where their traditional beliefs are frowned upon.

Episode 6: IFIP Conference

Release Date: March 18, 2024

The team travel to Merida to attend the IFIP Global Conference, where Paloma Abregu presents on the topic of Autonomous Indigenous Funding. Also visit a farm and learn about bee keeping.

Episode 1: Jovenarte

Release Date: December 17, 2023

The team meets up with Jovenarte founder Victor Santis to visit the village of Chalam. Here they meet with a community who has built their own community center and is working on a guide of medicinal plants for the village to use and reference. 

Episode 2: Coreco

Release Date: December 24, 2023

The team visits with Coreco, an organization founded in 1996 as part of an initiative started by the Diocese of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Mexico. Coreco is devoted to promoting positive conflict resolution, and a dignified and equitable coexistence. During the visit, the team sat in on a workshop with local community leaders in which they learned how to apply conflict resolution techniques in their communities and how to encourage youth to reconnect with their Indigenous identities, practices, and knowledge so they can connect with their roots rather than drug cartels.

Episode 3: Enlace

Release Date: December 31, 2023

The team visits a community of Indigenous Guatemalan refugees in Mexico. They proudly share the work they are doing using charts, graphs, and personal stories. 

Episode 4: Fire Ceremony

Release Date: February 11, 2024

In this continuation of the team's visit with Enlace, the team is asked to participate in a very special Fire Ceremony near Tziscao Lake. After the ceremony, they take a short walk across the border into Guatemala.

Episode 5: Ch'ieltik

Release Date: March 10, 2024

The team meets with a group of women who make fabrics and traditional clothing, and a group of youth who express the challenges of living in a predominately Catholic area where their traditional beliefs are frowned upon.

Episode 6: IFIP Conference

Release Date: March 18, 2024

The team travel to Merida to attend the IFIP Global Conference, where Paloma Abregu presents on the topic of Autonomous Indigenous Funding. Also visit a farm and learn about bee keeping.

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