Yagua Language and Conservation Project 2016

One of the goals of the CONAPAC Amazon Library, which is located within the Yagua community of Palmeras II, is to contribute to the preservation of traditional Yagua culture and language. This year, together with the local school in Palmeras II, CONAPAC is holding a Yagua storytelling contest to encourage the use and value of Yagua tradition, especially with younger generations. See our contest flyer below.
  • Four Yagua communities will be invited to participate: Urco Miraño, Nueva Esperanza, Catalan Urco, and Palmeras.
  • The participants will tell their stories during the Palmeras II anniversary celebration in October.
  • The library will be responsible for video recording the presentations and the bilingual teachers from Palmeras II will be responsible for transcribing the stories and translating them into Spanish.
  • This collection of Yagua stories, printed in Yagua and Spanish, will be available in local schools, along with the video of the story presentations.

Projected Project Budget

$250 Prizes for the contest winners
$250 Transport and food for participants
$100 Publicity/flyers
$700 Book printing
$200 Video production
TOTAL: $1,500

Contributions to this project can be made through our financial partner, The Detroit Zoological Society, using personal check or credit card. Please note that the Zoo does not take administrative fees to process your donation—100% of your gift will be wire-transferred to CONAPAC’s bank account in Peru.

Our Newest Staff Member

Oscar Quiroz Fajardo has joined the CONAPAC team. He is a trained high school teacher, and has taught in rainforest communities, most recently in one of our partner communities, Sapo Playa. For the last two years Oscar has been working at an administrative level for the Ministry of Education, monitoring teachers in the field. He has taken a three-year sabbatical to join CONAPAC.
Oscar is pleased to be working with us and feels that the skills he brings will help solve problems and advance our goals in our partner communities. Oscar will handle education monitoring and promotion of clean water consumption in communities. We are delighted to have him as we strengthen this aspect our Adopt-A-School program.
Amazon River Dolphin Research
Dr. Marie Trone is a Professor of Biology at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida. Three years ago Marie came to the Peruvian Amazon to initiate a long-term study of the Amazon River Dolphin (Inia geoffrensis, a.k.a. pink dolphin or boto).
The turbid waters characteristic of the Amazon River and its tributaries, combined with the unique physiological characteristics of this freshwater dolphin, make it is nearly impossible to accurately count these animals using visual techniques. As a result, this species lacks international protection from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Instead, the pink dolphin is listed as “data deficient” and not “endangered.” One goal of this research project is to develop a way to count the number of dolphins using acoustical methods so that this species is appropriately protected. A related goal is to devise a way to individually identify the dolphins using their “voices.” Finally, information regarding River Dolphin communication will hopefully be ascertained. To accomplish this goal, researchers from France, Chile and the U.S. joined Marie this summer to improve ultra-high frequency recording techniques. Logistical support for this project has been generously provided by Amazon Explorama Lodges.
Not only is Marie passionate about conducting this research, but she also is eager to share her knowledge with anyone she meets. She has developed various presentations concerning Amazon River Dolphins and animal acoustics for various age levels. Marie hopes that these programs will encourage local students to appreciate the rainforest environment and promote active stewardship. Marie has been very fortunate to share her story with many people, including this group of students from the CONAPAC Amazon Library.
Summer Service Projects
So far this year, we’ve hosted 16 different community service projects with groups, both student and adult, from all over the United States. Later this year we will host several more groups from South America. These community service projects offer opportunities to share cultural experiences between visitors and community members, especially the children. Tasks this year ranged from building school kitchens, to delivering Sawyer PointONE™ Family Water Systems, recycling projects for classrooms, trash disposal bin workshops, and school renovations--walls, desks, and blackboards. CONAPAC will continue collaborating with Amazon Explorama Lodges to bring these programs to our partner communities. The interest and enthusiastic visits, as well as much needed dollars, are assets that are greatly appreciated by our Adopt-A-School communities.
Our Book Drive Continues

To honor Marcy Sieggreen, Detroit Zoo curator/researcher and friend of CONAPAC who recently passed away, we are implementing a small book drive. We’d like to provide each of our 55 partner communities with two special resource books, La Selva Tropical (Tropical Rainorest) and Ranas Fantásticas (Fantastic Frogs), that will be placed in the school libraries. .
We are asking for $15.00 to cover the cost of the two books. Volunteers for the 2017 Adopt-A-School deliveries will carry them downriver to all 55 communities. A special label inside each will note that the book is in memory of Marcy.

If you’re interested, please donate for one (or more) pairs of books to the Detroit Zoological Society, with your check or credit card. As always, the Detroit Zoo does not take administrative fees from CONAPAC donors.


Adopt-A-School Volunteer Expeditions 2017
Follow the link to see the 2017 AAS volunteer booklet. The volunteer weeks are March 25-April 2 and April 1-9. If you would like to add your name to our list of interested volunteers, please do so by contacting Claire Lannoye-Hall at the Detroit Zoo.
Thanks for your help!

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CONAPAC is a Peruvian non-profit organization whose mission is to promote conservation of the rainforest through education of its stewards, the people who live along the Amazon and Napo Rivers. Our centerpiece project is the Adopt-A-School program, which is strengthened by workshops and complemented by service and sustainable projects in river communities.
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