A production of the Alder Institute, Tors Cove, Newfoundland,
made with the support of the Government of Canada through the
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
Teaching the Coast: Canadians and Cubans Teaching Coastal Zone Management in Cuba
Voices: Canadians: Aldo Chircop, Bob McCalla, Pat Rodee, Tony Charles and Cubans: Jorge Angulo Valdes, Clarita Miranda, Dictinio Diaz and Maria Helena Castellanos. These voices are mixed with a sample of commercially available cuban music performed by Compay Segundo.
Summary: This piece is a collage of interview extracts mixed with cuban music to give it some pep. The main thrust of the project profiled here is capacity building in human resources. While talking about coastal zone management and how to design and offer a Masters program in it, participants reflect on the international nature of the environment and its link to development, the human qualities of the interaction and commonalities between Cuba and Canada.
Joanna Monk: A Canadian Forestry Graduate in Belize
Voice: Joanna Monk, a young Canadian volunteer working in Belize
Background Sounds: rain falling in a forest outside Punta Gorda and the ambient sounds of birds present
Summary: An interview with Joanna Monk, a recent graduate in forestry from Ontario. Joanna went to Belize as a volunteer to gain experience in tropical forestry. In this interview we learn something about her experience and the context of forestry in Belize.
Voices: Victor Cal, with ambient recordings of a group of men talking at a meeting conducted by Victor Cal
Summary: Victor Cal works for the Belize Indigenous Training Institute (BITI). BITI is an artifact of previous involvement by Canadian Inuit in Belize. In the earlier CIDA funded project the Inuit Circumpolar Conference helped establish BITI in Belize. In the fall of 2001 Hurricane Iris swept through an area of southern Belize where BITI had established a traditional medicine garden and where many of its members live. Trees and habitat were devastated. In this program we spend a day with Victor Cal traveling to Mayan communities in the hills of Toledo District to organize a salvage operation of trees downed by the hurricane. We link potential increases in hurricane strength and frequency with ideas about global climate change.
Land Use Mapping: from the North to the South
Voices: Valentino Shal, Kevin Knight and Peter Vanderwoude
Summary: Peter Vanderwoude is the GIS specialist hired by the Inuit Circumpolar Conference (ICC) to train two Mayan Belizeans in the Toledo District in land use mapping. Valentino Shal is the Director in Belize of the CIDA funded Co-management Project between the ICC and the Maya Leaders Alliance and Kevin Knight is the Project Manager based in Canada. In this piece we learn about the Co-management project and how land use mapping and governance development are shared needs between indigenous people of northern Canada and those of southern Belize.
Keeping the Beat: the Garifuna of Belize Part I
Voices: Augustin Flores, Reverend Jerris Valentine, Austin Rodriguez, HowNow, Bird
Music: two professional drummers illustrating several key rhythms and a group playing at an all night traditional mourning event in which the playing of drums occupies a central place.
Summary: The Inuit Circumpolar Conference (ICC) in an earlier CIDA funded project helped to establish the Belize Indigenous Training Institute (BITI). In this group the Maya and Garifuna peoples of Belize collaborated for the first time. One consequence of this collaboration with the Canadians was the installation of a community radio station facility in Dangriga for the Garifuna community. The Garifuna community plans to use the station to represent their culture in the hopes that this will assist in the conservation of their traditional practices. One of the defining features of the Garifuna culture is the use of drumming. This piece provides a showcase for this tradition through visits to a drum maker, some drummers and a mourning celebration in which the drums play a prominent role. An interview with Augustin Flores providing background on the Garifuna culture and ICC connection forms the backbone of the piece. The piece ends with excerpts from an interview with Rev. Diamond explaining the cultural ceremony from which the ending audio recording comes.
Keeping the Beat, the Garifuna of Belize, Part II
Voices: Augustin Flores, Austin Rodriguez, kids drumming at the drum makers
Music: Live field recordings of young kids playing the drums at a drum makers workshop
Summary: A continuation of Episode 5 material.
From Toronto to Havana: Bicycles Crossing Borders
Voices: Nani Reddy, Eusebio Leal Spengler, several men and women being trained at the Havana workshop
Music: bicycle sounds
Summary: Script and clip Documentary style background to the CIDA funded project, Bicycles Crossing Borders from the man who spear headed the project (Nani Reddy), cuban project trainees in bike mechanics and the cuban partner the Office of the Historian of Havana (Eusebio Leal).
On a Bicycle Built for Two: an Audio Tour of Havana
Voices: Nani Reddy, Greg Furlong, Linda Nauman,
Music: Greg Furlong playing the melody of the song, A Bicycle Built for Two on first the trombone and then the accordeon, recorded live at the Project Workshop in Old Havana
And background sounds of bikes themselves, eg. spinning freewheel, changing gears,
Summary: This piece weaves 3 threads of tape together in a collage
a) Greg Furlong talking about bicycle mechanics and bicycle activism
b) Nani Reddy interviewed in a Toronto bike repair space recommending me a bicycle route to follow on a bike ride around Havana, him remembering things about it from when he was there
c) Myself and Linda Naumann riding a bicycle built for two around Havana following the route recomended by Nani in b).
World Wildlife Fund Canada in Cuba
Voices: Julia Langer, Tony Perera, Hiram Gonzalez Alonzo
Background Sounds: commercially available bird recordings of Bicknell’s Thrush (Bird Sounds of Canada by Monty Brigham in co-operation with Canadian Museum of Nature).
Summary: World Wildlife Fund Canada project has been working together with the National Centre of Protected Areas in Cuba to manage the natural diversity and protect species in Cuba's Zapata wetland region. We find out something about how and why this collaboration came about and how it has worked. We also meet the Bicknell’s Thrush, a Canadian migratory bird that winters in Cuba.
Sharing Habitat: Endemics and Migrants, Cubans and Canadians
Background Sounds: field recordings of our own plus commercially available bird recordings from Bird Sounds of Canada by Monty Brigham in co-operation with Canadian Museum of Nature.
Voices: Tony Perera, Hiram Gonzalez and Alejandro Llanes Sosa
Summary: We hear in more detail from World Wildlife Fund Canada’s Cuban partner about the biological significance of the Zapata Swamp. We visit the swamp with two cuban ornithologists and collect the first recording of an endemic Zapata Wren chick in the wild. We also meet the voices of several Canadian song birds that winter in Cuba.