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"GeoParadise works with native communities to preserve their cultural identity, creating a cooperative network for resource sharing, and facilitating the connection between communities in need and those with the resources and skills to help"

TRIBAL GATHERING

Unity Through Diversity

Once a year 60 tribes from 30 countries come together to share their knowledge with each other, artists, teachers and attendees from all over the world. Tribal Gathering is so much more than a music festival. It’s 18 day’s on a Caribbean beach, around 200 workshops and presentations, hundreds of musicians from around the world, a learning journey from the ancient to the modern and one of the worlds most important indigenous cultural celebrations.

The first half is dedicated to the tribes with several zones offering workshops, ceremonies and indigenous music. There are also non indigenous presentations on topics like art and music, sustainable development and agriculture, health and nutrition, socioeconomic issues and more. Slowly the pace picks up and we seemingly travel through time to the finale of five days of electronic music and what might be described as our modern rituals of dance, art and creativity.

"Tribal Gathering is the main charitable program of GeoParadise and a platform for cooperation where our indigenous outreach projects are inspired. Get involved and give back to those disadvantaged communities throughout the year !"

ABOUT US

GeoParadise is a US public charity working with indigenous communities from around the world since 2011. Through indigenous representative groups, we reach out to communities, inviting them to participate in our main event Tribal Gathering and the Inter-tribal Symposiums. These inter-cultural events provide the opportunity to learn from one another and to weave a cooperative network to address the communities needs and challenges.

We encourage the communities to propose projects in line with our charitable goals of providing basic necessities and education, promoting the arts and engaging skillful volunteers. We aim to develop programs which will have a lasting effect, creating long term leverage within the communities they serve. These programs are primarily run by GeoParadise and its volunteers, although we do work in cooperation with other non-profit organizations, schools and foundations.

Our main activities are based in Panama, where we operate programs in several indigenous territories and communities, as well as in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia and Peru. Our long term vision is to continue to expand our connections and reach, moving into other areas of the world in the near future.

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.. TIMELINE OF GEOPARADISE PROJECTS ..

 

We are currently working on updating the timeline with the newest projects done during the last couple of years. Stay tuned!

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Community Building for Kamayura

Community Building for Kamayura

Ceremonies, rituals, meetings and festivals will be held in this communal space created for the people of Kamayura.

Aug 2015
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Art Supply Cooperative

Art Supply Cooperative

High in the Talamanca Mountains of Costa Rica, woman from the tribe Bruncaj have formed a cooperative to supply their artisan village with materials to create their traditional articrafts.

July 2015
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Cultural Identity Workshop

Cultural Identity Workshop

Students, teachers, parents and elders from the Bruncaj, Chinakicha, Salitre, and Terraba tribes of Costa Rica came together to celebrate and discuss how they can preserve their cultural identities.

June 2015
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UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Fourteenth Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

We sent two women from the Boruca community in Costa Rica and Wonaan community in Panama to join the Fourteenth Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

April 2015
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Medicinal Herb and Natural Dye Garden

Medicinal Herb and Natural Dye Garden

Through collaboration with Conscious Convergence Holistic Fashion, we sponsored the creation of a medicinal herb and natural dye garden in the Tz'utujil community of San Juan La Laguna, Guatemala. The herbs were grown, dried, and later sold by the tenders of the garden at our Tribal Gathering festival in Panama.

Oct 2014 - Jan 2015
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Community Cooperative Market

Community Cooperative Market

We donated and transported food, medication, and household supplies to the newly founded Wounaan community of Maach Pobor. Using the provided donations to create a community co-op, the Wounaan people of this community will see an improved quality of life.

Nov 2014
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Fundacion de Luz y Fortaleza Indigena

The Fundacion de Luz y Fortaleza Indigena is an organization which works in indigenous communities to promote culture and education based on ancestral knowledge. GeoParadise provided funding to cover administration and travel expenses to register the foundation with The Ministry of Social Development in Panama.

Nov 2014
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More Glasses to Guna Yala

More glasses to Guna Yala

Continuing our program bringing prescription glasses to the islanders.

Nov 2014
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Parade Uniforms for Tupile School

Parade Uniforms for Tupile School

Through the Fundacion de Luz y Fortaleza Indigena, we provided funding to the school in Tupile, Guna Yala to purchase traditional parade uniforms for the students.

Nov 2014
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Inter-tribal Symposium in Guna Yala

Inter-tribal Symposium in Guna Yala

We brought together members of 6 different tribes from Panama, Costa Rica, and Guatemala to Guna Yala to offer publicly available classes in weaving, painting, chocolate processing, and jewelry making.

Sept 2014
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Solor Panel and LED Lights to Guna Yala

Solar Panel and LED Lights

Through the Fundacion de Luz y Fortaleza Indigena, we provided a solar panel and energy efficient lighting system to a community meeting place on the island of Ustupu, Guna Yala.

Sept 2014
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Reading Glases for Guna Yala

Reading Glasses for Guna Yala

Through donations received, we were able to provide 190 pairs of reading glasses to communities in Guna Yala.

Apr 2014
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Computer and Food Donations

We provided a computer and dry food goods to the Communal Board in the town of Palenque, Panama.

Mar 2014
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Borucan students in a class led by Shipibo visual artist Paolo Del Aguila Sajami

Inter-tribal Art Classes

We brought a Shipibo-Conibo visual artist and art teacher from Peru to the artisan community of Boruca, Costa Rica to teach a series of art classes. These classes improved the professional skills of the participants, and thereby their livelihood.

Nov 2013
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Drinking Water Fundraiser

Drinking Water Fundraiser

We are working to raise funds for the island of Nalunega, Guna Yala to install a desalination plant. Access to fresh water in this community is limited, primarily being collected from rain water. Nov 2013

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Chocolate Classes

Chocolate Cultivation and Production

We brought 3 expert chocolate makers from the Ngöbe community of Rio Oeste Arriba to the Guna Yala islands for some hands-on lessons on how to cultivate and process organic, raw chocolate from the local Cocoa trees.Nov 2013

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Pig in a blanket

Livestock Donation

As part of our livestock breeding program, we brought 2 piglets to the island of Usdup, Guna Yala.

Sept 2013
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Donations to Community Center in Guna Yala

Donations to Community Center

We provided sound equipment and office supplies for a community center in the island of Usdup, Guna Yala.

Sept 2013
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Chicken Run!

Chicken Run!

We donated and transported 100 chicks and 100 pounds of chicken feed to Mandiyala, an indigenous village in the rainforest of Guna Yala, Panama.

July 2013
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Livestock Breeding Program

Livestock Breeding Program

Initializing our self-sufficiency livestock breeding program, we donated four piglets to communities in Guna Yala, Panama

June 2013
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Ngöbe School Footpath

We traveled to the Ngöbe village of Rio Oeste in the Bocas del Toro province of Panama to install a footpath for students at the local school

June 2013
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Donation of Agricultural Equipment

Donation of Agricultural Equipment

We donated of 12 rubber boots, 12 machetes and 17 sharpening tools to a group of farm workers for a communal agricultural project

June 2013

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