18.11.2021

Learning pack: Ancestral treasures

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Roaming through the rainforest armed with bows, arrows and smart phones, Indigenous communities in Brazil use apps to shine a light on land grabbing and illegal logging. Young influencers in Colombia turn to social media to challenge prejudices against their culture, while Indigenous peoples fighting oil extraction on their native lands in the Amazon use Twitter to share their legal victories with the world.

Smartphones and tablets have long been vital in the fight to preserve Pachamama, or "Mother Earth." Many Indigenous peoples hold nature in very high regard.

Old knowledge for more environmental protection

From Australia to Russia to India, many countries around the world are home to Indigenous populations, and many live in areas rich in biodiversity. Learning pack #9 "Ancestral treasures: Environmental protection using Indigenous knowledge" explores some very old ways of life that give an insight into Indigenous peoples and their commitment to the environment.

What can we learn from them? How can we apply techniques used by camel nomads in India or Aztecs in South America to the problems we face today? And what can we learn from our own ancestors about local climate and environmental protection?

Learning pack "Ancestral treasures" helps young people unearth their own ancestral treasures and get involved in protecting the environment.  

Multimedia learning pack for children and young people

The learning pack is for children and young people aged between 12 and 16 years. It can be used in school lessons or in other groups. The modules can also be used and explored individually.

The learning pack #9 includes:

  • 1 booklet for teachers (for classroom teaching); 
  • 1 interactive workbook for participants (for distance learning); 
  • 6 films and 4 articles.

The pack is available for download in German, English and Spanish

Global Ideas – the Deutsche Welle learning packs

The teaching material "Ancestral treasures: Environmental protection using Indigenous knowledge" is the ninth of ten learning packs that deal with key issues of climate and environmental protection. Created by the Global Ideas team of Deutsche Welle, the series will run until 2022. The project is funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI).

Launched in May 2017, the multimedia reportage project aims at getting children and young people interested in climate action and biodiversity. The topics are presented in an understandable way, multimedia-based, target-oriented and exciting.