Student campaign seeks to help preserve Cabécar culture

September 13, 2015

A group of students from the Colegio Universitario San Judas Tadeo are blending Costa Rican heritage and today’s online tools to make a difference in one of the country’s indigenous communities. Carlos Soto, Carlos Arrieta, Antonio Cartín and Beatriz Sánchez have launched a campaign through crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to allow the Cabécar community of Grano de Oro, Chirripó, to build a conical house: a space in which both indigenous and non-indigenous people can learn more about Cabécar rituals and culture.

Cabécar leader Freddy Martínez first came up with the idea of building a conical house, a structure considered sacred within the Cabécar community because it is a place where their cultural traditions are transmitted from generation to generation orally. This indigenous community has no written texts and everything is taught by word of mouth.

Martínez had been working with one of the students’ professors, Guillermo González, to raise awareness about Cabécar culture, which brought the conical house project to the students’ attention. They chose Indiegogo in hopes of enlisting both national and international donors in the cause.

“We want many people to be able to support the Cabécares, not only those who live in Costa Rica,” Soto told The Tico Times. “It’s a platform that allows an extensive audience to help us.”

The goal is to collect $1,500 (approximately ₡810,000) by Sept. 24. To make a donation of for more information, visit the campaign’s Facebook page.

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

Costa Rica approves law against child abuse prepared by alleged victims of priest
Costa Rica
1 views
Costa Rica
1 views

Costa Rica approves law against child abuse prepared by alleged victims of priest

AFP and The Tico Times - April 24, 2019

Costa Rica’s congress approved on Tuesday a bill that extends the statute of limitations for the crime of sexual abuse…

International drug rehab in Costa Rica with the Costa Rica Treatment Center
Sponsored content
8 views
Sponsored content
8 views

International drug rehab in Costa Rica with the Costa Rica Treatment Center

The Tico Times - April 24, 2019

Costa Rica Treatment Center understands the process of addiction recovery from personal experience. Their evidence-based treatment programs are engineered to…

Costa Rica meets with Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to discuss Nicaragua, Venezuela, indigenous rights
Costa Rica
11 views
Costa Rica
11 views

Costa Rica meets with Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to discuss Nicaragua, Venezuela, indigenous rights

Alejandro Zúñiga - April 23, 2019

Costa Rica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Manuel Ventura Robles, met with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) this week…

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!