An excerpt of my summer fieldwork for my PhD dissertation in cultural anthropology, which sent me throughout Colombia and Venezuela to investigate indigenous activism.
My dissertation examines the ways that South American First Nations indigenous communities utilize media and education institutions to raise awareness for land rights and social welfare campaigns. The main groups I have been working with are the Wayuu and Añu, both located in a region known as La Guajira that straddles the Colombia-Venezuela border.
This short documentary focuses on the tension that's created by the main two objectives of the La Concepcion Primary School: honoring the Wayuu legacy by teaching the native Wayuunaiki language while fulfilling the mandatory charter of a state-sponsored "Bolivarian School."
A Bolivarian School must teach history, literature and citizenship from a socialist perspective that conforms with the political platform of President Hugo Chavez' Bolivarian Revolution.
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