Mapping the traditional lands of the Matawai Maroons in Suriname, one creek at a time

Published on June 23, 2016.

In 2015, the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) began conducting participatory mapping fieldwork with the Matawai Maroons residing in ten villages along the upper Saramacca River of central Suriname. The process has been deeply enriching to all parties, with remarkable products.

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ACT publishes new map journal "The Amazonian Travels of Richard Evans Schultes"

Published on April 7, 2016.

Follow the travels of the great 20th century plant explorer Dr. Richard Evans Schultes in this new online, interactive map as he encounters lost sacred plants of the Aztecs, remote Amazonian tribes, mind-altering plants, and deadly arrow poisons.

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ACT Field Notes

By: Rudo Kemper
Date: Thursday, June 23, 2016
In 2015, the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) began conducting participatory mapping fieldwork with the Matawai Maroons residing in ten villages along the upper Saramacca River of central Suriname. The process has been deeply enriching to all parties, with remarkable products.
By: Minu Parahoe
Date: Monday, April 25, 2016

The 2016 fieldwork for ACT’s joint project with the University of Utrecht and Surinamese universities is right around the corner. Since 2015, in southern Suriname, ACT has been conducting research in the Trio indigenous village of Kwamalasamutu, focusing on topics defined by the community.

By: Minu Parahoe
Date: Friday, April 15, 2016
For a dedicated group of Matawai Maroon women who are cultivating pepper for income generation in villages along Suriname’s upper Saramacca River, ACT has provided an industrial pepper mill to alleviate their strenuous physical work.

ACT in the Press

By: Juan Carlos Piedrahíta B.
Publication: El Espectador (June 2016)
“3 mil RÍOS: Voces en la Selva”, una creación del compositor Víctor Gama inspirada en el texto “Cariba Malo” de Roberto Franco, es una ópera multimedia cantada a través de las historias de personas que habitan los bosques tropicales de la Amazonia colombiana y brasileña, la costa Pacífica y las montañas de los Andes.
By: Charles Chang
Publication: De Ware Tijd (April 2016)
Late last month, the Amazon Conservation Team organized a trip to Kwamalasamutu in Suriname for friends of the environmental organization. This was carried out as part of its twentieth anniversary in Suriname. Among the group of visitors from the US was a world-famous artist, Tico Torres, drummer for the legendary rock band Bon Jovi.
By: Allison Meier
Publication: Hyperallergic (April 2016)

You can delve into Schultes’s immersion in ritual and medicinal plants through the newly launched Amazonian Travels of Richard Evans Schultes, from the nonprofit Amazon Conservation Team (ACT), itself dedicated to working with indigenous people in the Amazon on ecological issues.