Kwamalasamutu awakens. The first sunrays break through the clouds and light on thatched roofs in the tiny Surinamese rainforest village. A few residents are already on their way to wash themselves in the river. Mist still hangs in the air.
Participatory Mapping Work Begins With the Matawaai
In February, ACT staff traveled to the upper Saramacca river in Suriname for one month to commence a two-year participatory mapping project with the Matawaai maroon people. They trained community members in the GPS technology required to map their own land from a local perspective. They also undertook their own data collection, recording Matawaai names for landscape features for more than 100 kilometers along the Saramacca and Tukumutu rivers.