Indigenous youth in Cambodia make information history at UNESCO training in building audiovisual archives with wiki tools

Indigenous youth in Cambodia make information history at UNESCO training in building audiovisual archives with wiki tools

 On this year’s International Mother Language Day (21 February 2022), UNESCO and Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center (Bophana Center) kicked off a five-day, capacity-building workshop in which Indigenous youth from Cambodia’s Ratanakiri Province learned how to use wiki tools and platforms to create an Indigenous Audiovisual Archive.

Part of the wider UNESCO–Bophana Center project ‘Build Capacity for Indigenous Youth and Create Indigenous Audiovisual Archives Using Wiki Tools in Cambodia’, with support provided by the Wikimedia Foundation, the capacity-building activity was held at the Bophana Center in Phnom Penh from 21 through 25 February 2022.

With live in-person and online support provided by Bophana Center and the Wikimedia Foundation, 24 youth from Brao, Jarai, Kachok, Kreung and Tampuan Indigenous communities were instructed in how to create user accounts, upload their own audiovisual works to Wikimedia Commons, and contribute to existing Wikipedia pages on their affiliated communities. A total of 69 audiovisual documents, including 47 photographs and 22 videos, were uploaded during the course of the project; in addition, five Wikipedia pages were edited and updated.

Notably, five of the youth participants made information history by being the first contributors of audiovisual resources to Wikipedia pages on Brao people and Kaco’ (Kachok) language, which up to that time lacked photographic or video contributions.  Moreover, youth participants created a community of Indigenous users in Cambodia and provided original documentation of their languages and cultures as open-access resources for future users to learn from, and re-use and adapt for research, professional, or creative purposes.

These achievements are in keeping with the objectives of the Global Action Plan for the UN’s International Decade of Indigenous Languages 2022–2032 on digital empowerment, media development, access to information and language technology, and artistic creation among indigenous language users.

In addition, the training took an unexpected, happy turn when it also became a ‘Training of Trainers’ activity, when a second group of 13 trainees managed to join the last day of the workshop. On the arrival of the second group, the inaugural 11 trainees took the opportunity to train their colleagues, enthusiastically demonstrating notable leadership skills as the new set of trainees swiftly learned new archival skills from their peers.

Some of the Indigenous youth were paid a surprise visit from actress Angelina Jolie and her daughter Shiloh Jolie-Pitt on the evening of 24 February, following a film screening held at the Bophana Center that same evening.

The following evening, new trainees were awarded certificates at a graduation ceremony held at Bophana Center, which was opened by His Excellency Mr Som Sokun, Secretary of State of the Cambodia Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, and by Mr Masanori Nagaoka, UNESCO Phnom Penh Programme Specialist for Culture. Both representatives warmly congratulated the trainees on the audiovisual documentation of Indigenous languages and cultures that had been created, as well as the information and media skills all workshop participants had newly acquired. Future plans are to continue toward the collaborative realization of a consolidated Indigenous Audiovisual Archive as a learning, teaching and research tool for regional and global audiences.

By Linh Anh Moreau, Consultant, Communication and Information Unit, UNESCO Bangkok


To learn more about the project: https://bangkok.unesco.org/content/build-capacity-indigenous-youth-and-create-indigenous-audiovisual-archives-through-wiki 

To learn more about the Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center: https://bophana.org/ 

To learn more about initiatives supported by the Wikimedia Foundation: https://wikimediafoundation.org/

 

Kachok man preparing woven basketry made from bambooKachok man preparing woven basketry made from bamboo. This is the first photographic contribution to the Kaco’ language Wikipedia page by youth trainee Sol Kanha (18 years old, Kachok Indigenous community, Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia). CC-BY-SA Sol Kanha

Brao elder picking leaves.Brao elder picking leaves. This is the first photographic contribution to the Brao people Wikipedia page by youth trainee Cham Ska (22 years old, Brao Indigenous communitiy, Ratanaikiri Province, Cambodia). CC-BY-SA Chamska97

Jarai elder weaving strips of bamboo to make a basket.

Jarai elder weaving strips of bamboo to make a basket. Photographic contribution to the Jarai people Wikipedia page by youth trainee Romchom Lvan (21 years old, Jarai Indigenous community, Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia). CC-BY-SA LvanRL

Jarai woman chopping banana leaves to collect as a food ingredient and as wrapping for vegetable picking.

Jarai woman chopping banana leaves to collect as a food ingredient and as wrapping for vegetable picking. Photographic contribution to the Jarai people Wikipedia page by youth trainee Sol Naren (18 years old, Jarai Indigenous community, Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia). CC-BY-SA Sol Naren

Indigenous youth documenting a Tampuan man collecting bamboo.

Indigenous youth documenting a Tampuan man collecting bamboo. Photographic contribution to the Tampuan people Wikipedia page by youth trainee Sinh Peav (17 years old, Tampuan Indigenous community, Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia). CC-BY-SA  Sinh Peav

Indigenous youth documenting a Tampuan woman going to the farm.

Indigenous youth documenting a Tampuan woman going to the farm. Photographic contribution to the Tampuan people Wikipedia page by youth trainee Nhoc Roeurn (21 years old, Tampuan Indigenous community, Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia). CC-BY-SA  Nhoc Roeun.

Indigenous youth documenting a Brao father and son preparing a trap made of strips of bamboo. 

Photographic contribution to the Brao people Wikipedia page by youth trainee Pem Peak (19 years old, Brao Indigenous community, Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia). CC-BY-SA Pem Peak

Indigenous youth from Ratanakiri Province

Indigenous youth from Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia learn how to upload their audiovisual language and culture documentation works to Wikimedia Commons during the UNESCO-Bophana training “Build Capacity for Indigenous Youth and Create Indigenous Audiovisual Archives Using Wiki Tools in Cambodia” on 25 February 2022. © Bophana | Audiovisual Resource Center 2022

Indigenous youth from Ratanakiri Province

Indigenous youth from Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia learn how to upload their audiovisual language and culture documentation works to Wikimedia Commons during the UNESCO-Bophana training “Build Capacity for Indigenous Youth and Create Indigenous Audiovisual Archives Using Wiki Tools in Cambodia” on 25 February 2022. © Bophana | Audiovisual Resource Center 2022

Indigenous youth from Ratanakiri Province

Indigenous youth from Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia learn how to upload their audiovisual language and culture documentation works to Wikimedia Commons during the UNESCO-Bophana training “Build Capacity for Indigenous Youth and Create Indigenous Audiovisual Archives Using Wiki Tools in Cambodia” on 25 February 2022. © Bophana | Audiovisual Resource Center 2022

Indigenous youth from Ratanakiri Province

Indigenous youth from Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia learn how to upload their audiovisual language and culture documentation works to Wikimedia Commons during the UNESCO-Bophana training “Build Capacity for Indigenous Youth and Create Indigenous Audiovisual Archives Using Wiki Tools in Cambodia” on 25 February 2022. © Bophana | Audiovisual Resource Center 2022