Indigenous E-books – Cultural Entrepreneurship, Indigenous Creators and Digital Culture in Brazil


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March 2014 to March 2015

About the project

About the projectThe project aims at empowering indigenous creators from different communities in Brazil by promoting their participation in the digital publishing sector.About the organizationThydêwá is a Brazilian NGO committed to the promotion of indigenous rights and a culture of peace.Expected results

  • The capacities of 16 indigenous people from eight different communities to participate in the digital publishing sector are strengthened.
  • An E-publishing start-up company is created.
  • Indigenous creators’ awareness about the UNESCO 2005 Convention and digital culture is raised.

Main activities

  • Organizing workshops in narrative techniques, illustration, graphic design, as well as web application programming to allow participants to learn how to produce and distribute an e-book.
  • Supporting the trainees to set up their own company to produce and distribute their e-books.
  • Carrying out exchange sessions and meetings to raise the participants’ awareness about different opportunities offered by the Convention and digital technologies to promote their cultural expressions.

How does this project contribute to the implementation of the 2005 Convention?

  • Empowers members of disadvantaged communities through the cultural industries in Brazil – by targeting training and coaching efforts in eight indigenous communities, this project is giving cultural professionals the tools and resources that they need and can share with their communities, promoting self-confidence, social cohesion and income generation opportunities.
  • Contributes to the strengthening of a cultural industry – participants will be introduced to digital technologies and given the necessary resources to participate in a growing cultural industry in Brazil: the e-publishing sector.