The Atupama project, supported by the Normandy Chair for Peace, aims to raise public awareness of the Sapara, an indigenous people of the Ecuadorian and Peruvian Amazon, through an intercultural exchange between the Sapara people and Normandy. Agathe Neveu, founder of the project, shares her story here:
“During an internship with the NGO Fundación Pachamama, I spent time with an indigenous community: the Sapara. After seeing the differences and richness of their way of life and culture, I decided to create a youth exchange programme between Normandy and the Sapara community”.
Since then, 7 people have joined her project and it has joined forces with the Normandy Chair for Peace. It is no longer just a youth exchange, but rather a more global effort to raise awareness of the endangered Sapara culture. The project is a great success that will bring several events to Normandy in the near future.
From 2 to 23 March, the exhibition “La culture Sapara en danger : un autre rêve possible” (the endangered Sapara culture: an alternative dream) will be held at the Maison de la Recherche en Sciences Humaines in Caen. It offers an introduction to their way of life, which is based on respect for living beings. It is also an opportunity to understand the dangers facing this community; from a declining culture to the exploitation of their land by the oil industry.
The exhibition will also be held at the Bibliothèque de la Maladrerie, Caen, from 30 March to 20 April 2020.
On March 3rd, the film Terra Libre will be screened at the Caen Campus of Science Po Rennes. This will be an opportunity to meet Gert-Peter Bruch, director of the film, and is a nice follow up to the film’s screening by the Normandy Chair for Peace on December 5th.
Cesar Grefa, a young student from the Sapara community, will also visit Normandy in the coming months to share his story of struggle with secondary schools and further education colleges.
Find news and updates about the project on the Normandy Chair for Peace website or on the Atupama Project Facebook page.
To participate in the financing of the project: https://www.helloasso.com/associations/les-decaentes/collectes/atupama