Indigenous (Kabora Kunano) Rainforest Keepers
The Group & Community
We actively practise and promote rainforest preservation using traditional indigenous knowledge as our skill base.
In addition, we research and share information on skills and practices that help rainforest preservation.
We also co-operate with those who help to keep our planet healthy. .
Currently, we are involved with two main areas:
1. Rainforest Sustainability - This is practical. Rainforest preservation is practised through such activities as reforestation farming and bio-resource identification/preservation
2. Practices supporting Rainforest Preservation - Activities must support rainforest preservation. Practices such as languages (see Languages) and community co-operation are important in supporting the life of the forest and forest communities.
Members are actively involved in Rainforest Reforestation Farming, while participating in all other areas.
Among considerations taken into account for the group formation were technical expertise, previous accomplishments and gender balance.
Following are members of the group. Some have adopted native names them-selves in order to promote the native languages.
Seaford Fredericks (Mishi) Forestry & Farming Person
Seaford Fredericks has vast experience in community leadership and building. He has served as a toushau (leader) and councillor on the Wakapoa village council in the past. He is now a councillor again having been recently elected.
He is a peace-keeper which ties in with his role as a rural constable.
Seaford has accomplished much in his role as toushau and councillor.
Among his many accomplishments, he has spearheaded by self-help, the building of a community building, a nursery school and a local primary school.
He has experience in starting the local Coffee Project and getting funding from the British High Commission for the project. Seaford has also helped in sourcing funds from SIMAP to complete the Nursery and Primary school.
Seaford is chairperson of the Yarashirima Myrie Road Developers Committee.
He also is the chairperson of the local chapter of one of the two national indigenous organisations.
Above all he is a firm believer that indigenous peoples should demonstrate how their lands can be used in order to preserve their governance over their lands.
He is a keen Rainforest Reforestation Farmer.
Moraro indigenous conservationists operate from Moraro. The group Indigenous (Kabora Kunano) Rainforest Keepers spearheads the venture.
Conservation is a way of life and getting involved is a choice as well as an opportunity to practise traditional knowledge.
We also share knowledge about the outer world from a convenient setting; a place that is within paddling and walking reach of everyone.
Each person involved brings individual skills to this unique effort. This is one of the greatest attribute of the project. Everyone is proud of their heritage. Individuals see the need to promote their indigenous knowledge at this time in the history of our planet.
One application of the conservation effort is using traditional cultural practices as a part of everyday life. One such practice is the using of traditional diet such as eating cassava bread with kururu as a snack or meal. A splash in the spring water is one of the many pleasures to be enjoyed.
Appreciating the richness of the forest through using its resources wisely is practised. This is done in the warm security and comfort of the natural environment.
Profile of Indigenous Conservationists
In order to preserve a forest and its surroundings, traditional indigenous people who use the area would understand how important the resources are to their well being.
Experts would consider how to use resources without destroying them.
One example is the reaping of plant material for basketry. The mother plant would not be rooted up, but just the mature, growing part would be harvested. In this way, the crafter can return in the future to reap from the same plant again and again.
Overused plants are normally left to recover if they show signs of distress.
Wisdom of Indigenous Knowledge
Many times, indigenous cultures are seen as ‘stone age’ and 'less progressive' by Western eyes.
With the destruction of our natural
environment, the wisdom of indigenous technologies and systems are seen in a
more appreciative and graspable way.
This is an interesting time in the history of indigenous peoples - their culture can be much more understood by a great many people and is an inspiration.
Hopefully indigenous peoples can enlighten others more on how 'living with nature' can be in the interest of a healthy life-style as well as the environment.
Uleen Gobin (Kambana) Liaison Person
With access to the internet, Uleen is a valuable contact person. She is so passionate about the preservation of the indigenous culture.
Uleen is experienced in accountability.
Ivan Cornelius (Banchi) Culture Person
Ivan and his wife Milly
Ivan helps with the Documentation that is made available through the effort.
He volunteers his time and is very familiar with the resources that are available within the surrounding communities.
Ivan is a fluent Lokono speaker
Claudette De Vieira (Tokoro) Publicity Person
Claudette helps with communication and manages the publicity of the group. She is the web author.
She is also an educator as well as an artist.
She writes on the wisdom of indigenous peoples' traditional lifestyle. See Indigenous Issues.
Sachi Fleming is responsible for promoting Indigenous Sustainable Lifestyle and managing Moraro Eco Retreat. Sachi is into current and future computer technology.
Norman Gobin is responsible for Media and Promotion. He is an independent video producer and an anchor for NCN, Guyana's national TV station.
He is a student at the University of Guyana.
Friends are individuals, especially from outside the community, who show keen interest in what we do and who work with us toward our goals.
Sebastian James Lister is a UK Photographer, Actor, Film Maker, Workshop Leader & Flaneur Awards: IPA 2016, Luciefoundation 2015.
Sebastian is volunteering with Moraro to help achieve it's goals. He is especially interested in culture.
Sebastian's work may be viewed HERE
Wood Foraging - Using old practice to address new problems
Rainforest wood foraging is new to Moraro. Yet, indigenous people have been practising it on a small scale for ages.
If a usable fallen tree or old log is found in the forest, it is taken to be used—be it Wallaba (Eperua) for shingles or Mora (Mora excelsa) for an adisa (a wooden sink)
In Moraro, we are going one step further. We want a sustainable forest for the present and future. It is therefore important that we use all trees that can be converted to usable timber.
Timber is reaped from felled trees that are seen to be useless. Most of the trees are cut down by farmers, to make way for new farms and would have been left to rot. Some may have fallen naturally. Trees could be unappealing for use because of their specie, structure, hardness or their small size. In addition, it might have been difficult to get a chainsaw, to convert the wood into proper building material.
After looking at current trends, we see how important it is to harvest timber from such trees. Apart from the fact that it is a waste to allow good wood to rot, there are other important reasons.
Sustaining forests is very important if small indigenous rainforest communities are to survive.
Deforestation, population growth, demand for timber products are all good reasons for forest care. Then, there is the threat of dispossessing indigenous people of traditional lands by people who find themselves in position of power.
Wood foraging is sustainable. We believe if practised widely, the practice can help in maintaining our forests for the future.
Foraged wood is helping us. It is excellent. We get building materials, as well as materials for our education programme. It is supplying our need for finished timber, while the forest is being replenished.
Rainforest wood foraging is a good example of how an old practice can be built upon, to solve current problems while addressing future needs.
Sachi has been able to share his football coaching skills with the football teams of nearby Myrie, a smaller community within the bigger community. He has been approached concerning helping to start a training centre for aspiring footballers.
The players are busy getting the ground prepared for their first training session on their home ground.
Special thanks to Total Foot Academy for donating three footballs to Moraro Football effort.