Sinchi Tribe is a non-profit, focusing on the preservation of indigenous culture and upholding the UN’s declaration on the rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
Indigenous Culture represents a continuum of intellect and creativity through history. It provides a sense of continuity with the past, with traditions and ancestral heritage. The modern world is advancing at an incredible rate in many ways but we need to be careful to not lose something in the march of progress. Indigenous knowledge teaches us about living in balance with nature, community, sustainability, connection to culture and the importance of art, music and performance, as vehicles to transfer knowledge.
Our aim is to create a bridge between Indigenous and Western cultures, in which we can learn from one another and create a better world for all.
“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” Lilla Watson
Our first community project is in Tiwi Islands, Australia. The islands have around 3000 inhabitants, of whom around 88% are aboriginal. Most residents speaking Tiwi as their 1st and English as their 2nd language. It is believed the aboriginal people have been present for 7000 years on the islands and they are well known for their strong culture and arts. Sinchi Project Director and celebrated aboriginal photographer Wayne Quilliam will lead the 6 month program, in which we will be providing camera equipment, recording devices and a series of workshops to 3 sub-groups of the community, those being children, mothers and elders.
One of the main cultural challenges being faced around the world, is the loss of culture and knowledge with each passing generation. This project will address this topic and encourages community engagement and empowerment through the documentation of their stories. Furthermore, participants in the initiative, will develop photography skills and a book will be created at the end of the project featuring the most interesting images and stories. The book will be made available to members of the community, educational facilities (as a template for future cultural programs) and for purchase, to raise funds. Images will also be available for licensing and for gallery display (with 100% ownership remaining with the community).
Visit – www.sinchi-tribe.com for further information.