ACT News

Yachaikury Prepares for a Facelift

Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Yachaikury—the ACT-sponsored ethnoeducation school of the Inga people—may soon be funded by the government for its master architectural plan. By improving dormitories, classrooms and bathrooms, Yachaikury will become an even better place for children to live and learn.

ACT and the Kogi Purchase Second Sacred Site

Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2014

ACT raised funds to purchase a 70-acre property next to Jaba Taniwashkaka—the first Kogi coastal sacred site we acquired and protected in 2013, preventing its purchase by developers who had preliminary plans to build a large resort and marina there.

In Memoriam: Daniel Matapí and Dr. Roberto Franco 

Posted on Tuesday, September 9, 2014

On September 6, 2014, ACT lost two wonderful and beloved ACT colleagues. Daniel Matapí served as a field coordinator for our work with indigenous groups of the Colombian Amazon, particularly with groups associated with his lineage, the Matapí, Yukuna, Nonuya, and Muinane of the lower Caquetá. He was born and raised in the Amazon, spoke four languages, and was equally adept at training western scientists, negotiating with tribal leaders, launching field programs, and hacking trails through the jungle. His unfailing good humor and indefatigable optimism will never be forgotten.​

Indigenous Park Guard Program Expands in Suriname

Posted on Friday, August 8, 2014

ACT-trained indigenous park guards play a critical role in monitoring traditional lands, data gathering, and environmental education in South America’s most forested country. This month, 13 new recruits will begin training in the villages of Kwamalasamutu, Tepu, Apetina and Sipaliwini.

ACT Completes Detailed Map of Chiribiquete National Park

Posted on Thursday, May 8, 2014

ACT cartographer Brian Hettler has spent over a year collecting all available information on the spactacular Chiribiquete national park. Starting with the initial map begun by Harvard explorer Hamilton Rice in 1907, Hettler has pored over Google Earth images, aerial photographs, and dusty maps in the Library of Congress, and has compiled the most detailed map of Chiribiquete yet assembled.