2023:Program/Submissions/A Wikimedia Offering in the month of Pachamama - BXUX7V

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Title: A Wikimedia Offering in the month of Pachamama



I was born in Lima, Peru, but I have been living in Huaraz for more than 20 years in the Central Andes of the country. In 2007 joined the Spanish Wikipedia as user Cbrescia but since 2017 I have been editing more actively in Wikimedia projects, mainly in Eswiki, Wikidata, Commons and Wikispecies. I studied Engineering in Peru, I have a MSc in Project Design and Management in England, and MA in Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies in Belgium. I am an environmental activist, documentary filmmaker, project designer and cultural manager.

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Type: Workshop

Track: Equity, Inclusion, and Community Health

Submission state: submitted

Duration: 60 minutes

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Presentation language: en

Abstract & description[edit source]

Abstract[edit source]

Imagine that you are a daughter or a son of Mother Earth and you have received many benefits throughout your walk on the planet. What would be your intention or commitment to benefit life on Earth as a Wikimedian? This session proposes the preparation of an Andean offering made of ideas by the participants that address the epistemic violence done to indigenous knowledge and communities, and nature. How can we fix these inequalities and work on restorative justice through Wikimedia activities?

Description[edit source]

In many countries in South America, the divinity of Pachamama (or Mother Earth) is celebrated annually in August. This month, and especially on August 1st, many offerings (ritual 'despachos' or ‘Haywarikuy’ in quechua language) are made based on the concept of Ayni (or “principle of reciprocity”) of the Andean worldviews.

The ‘despacho’ goes towards addressing gratitude, requests and commitments made to the ‘Pacha’, understood not only as Earth but also as world, universe and space-time.

In this session, we will construct an Andean offering. This type of indigenous practices have been persecuted as well as their practitioners in every part of the world, even today. Traditional knowledges are at risk and still are threatened by epistemic violence, which is a consequence of epistemic injustice: the structural prerogative that a system of knowledge, self-perceived as more accurate and valuable, has over another system of knowledge, which it deems to be inferior and uncertain. Through the use of bee symbolisms we will construct a bidimensional honeycomb in a participative way made out of hexagonal cardboards.

As a Wikimedian, what would be your intention or commitment for the benefit of life on Earth and its memories?

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Qn. How does your session relate to the event themes: Diversity, Collaboration Future?

The session relates to the three themes. A collective offering of intentions and commitments made by a diversity of persons from different cultures enriches the activity. The result is collaborative and we learn from each other. And the goal addresses the future as it is about allowing the inclusion and preservation of all forms of human knowledge in all socio-cultural contexts (a goal of the Innovate in Free Knowledge recommendation of the Movement Strategy to 2030).

Qn. What is the experience level needed for the audience for your session?

Everyone can participate in this session

Qn. What is the most appropriate format for this session?

  • Tick Onsite in Singapore
  • Empty Remote online participation, livestreamed
  • Empty Remote from a satellite event
  • Empty Hybrid with some participants in Singapore and others dialing in remotely
  • Empty Pre-recorded and available on demand