Indigenous Knowledge and Knowledge Transmission

Mayangna Language, Culture and Knowledge

Reinforcing the Transmission of Mayangna Language, Culture and Knowledge in the BOSAWAS Biosphere Reserve

The BOSAWAS Biosphere reserve in north-central Nicaragua is one of the centrepieces of the 'Heart of the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor'. This territory is also the home of the indigenous Mayangna, or Sumu, people, who have lived here for centuries. To promote transmission of their intricate and extensive knowledge of the local flora and fauna, they embarked on a documentation project that expanded into the development of a curriculum and pedagogical materials that would promote Mayangna knowledge, culture and language in the classroom.