Introduction: Indigenous Independent Communication

Freedom of opinion and expression are among the most fundamental human rights and the currently information and communication Technology (ICT) provides the opportunity to increase these rights. Indigenous peoples are facing many difficulties in having a proper access to ICT because media content is leaded by the dominant ideologies and knowledge systems.The Indigenous Partnership is engaged in supporting Indigenous communities having a better access to information and to develop their own networks that represent their viewpoints. A better access to ICT is also fundamental to see recognised rights related to maintain autonomous knowledge, cultural and spiritual systems.

In collaboration with Insightshare, the Indigenous Partnership has promoted Participatory Video Trainings (PVT) for local communities about local food practices. Following this project, local communities and authorities have recognised PVT as a useful tool to arise awareness on the role played by traditional knowledge in local food systems.
In this framework, three Participatory Video Trainings have been realised in Northern Thailand and Northeast India.
To learn more…
Participatory Video (Article, NESFAS website)
The power of participatory video documentation (Article, NESFAS website)
Sources: Indigenous Partnership report 2012 – local voices for glocal solutions

PVT in Chiang Mai

PVT in Nongtraw

The Indigenous Partnership has identified the access to autonomous communications media for Indigenous communities as a key instrument to achieve the respect of their cultures and their independence from the dominant knowledge systems leaded by western ideologies. Thus, it has sustained the organization of an eight days Participatory Video Training in February 2011 in Northern Thailand, conducted by Insightshare.The initiative was hosted by IKAP
and IMPECT (two local indigenous organizations) and moves between a Karen village and the indigenous food festival in Chiang Mai.
The Participatory Video was prepared by over 50 local community members that live in a deep valley of Southern Khasi Hills, has been presented at the Terra Madre meeting in Sweden (June 17th-19th 2011) by the community members themselves.
The Karens, after years of fighting, have just gained a major concession from the Thai Government on the prohibition of traditional rotational agriculture. Eleven different tribes took part in the Chiang Mai Food Festival, where they represented their local and traditional dishes.
These communities want to revive their traditional methods and local food systems in the 40 remote villages by using participatory videos and other media. Through the video resulted by the project, the community members show the traditional processes for growing local millet, for collecting a root for medicinal tea and for beekeeping.

The access to autonomous communication and documentation systems for Indigenous communities has been recognised by the Indigenous Partnership playing a fundamental role in the pathway for the recognition of their right to selfdetermined development and knowledge sharing. Therefore, a Participatory Video Training, supported by the Indigenous Partnership and Insightshare,took place in Northeast India, in the remote village of Nongtraw. It resulted in three short films about local food practices that were shown at Indigenous Terra Madre 2011 in Jokmokk, Sweden.
Community members decided to focalise the Participatory video on local millet cultivation, medicinal root harvesting for tea, and beekeeping for honey collection, underling the importance of millet as an emerging local food resource strongly related to local traditional culture. They identified Participatory Video as a suitable instrument to implement awareness on the importance of local knowledge in conserving food and agrobiodiversity, especially on the meaning of millet. A second training was conducted by Insigtshare in December 2011, giving to the community members the possibility to improve their technical skills and to use Participatory Video in their millet campaign, involving 170 participants directly or indirectly. At the time of making the first film, only four people in the village of 285 were growing and eating millet. Nine months later, 15 households were growing millet.

To learn more…

Ngim Khuslai – No Need to Worry (Participatory Video, Nongtraw village, Megahlaya, India)

Mawphu, East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya

Mawphu Agriculture

Sohliang (Wild Edible Fruit) 

Cleanliness is our Wealth

Tuensang District, Nagaland

Koulu eiu uh: the traditional agricultural practices of the Khiamniungan tribe


Eloanniu manufacturing and it uses

Hat crafting (Paosepao Khantio)

Garo hills, Meghalaya

DurumaJarek: the foot of Tura mountain

Chubitchi: traditional Garo rice beer.

Ka`ritchi: local soda for cooking

Na’chiBrenga: traditional fishing practices and cooking

Sasatgre song

Shifting cultivation

Phek district, Nagaland

Folk songs of Chizami


The Seedkeepers

The Seedkeepers

Weaving for the Silver Jubilee

Traditional folk songs of Chakesang Naga

Signs in Nature

Kitchen Gardens