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Walking with the Sun

By Nydia Prieto

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"Educative Innovation from a system thinking perspective and an indigenous worldview"

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Chihuahua, Mexico

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¿What is the ¨Walking with the Sun¨ project about?

After a previous 6-year field work we aim that indigenous professors from the zone actively work for overcoming the cultural depression and barrenness. We believe, new creativity and innovation methodologies have the potential of contextualizing local didactic procedures and contents from the Mexican National Education Plan.

Thus, our proposal is the use of the ¨Theory of inventive problem solving" known as TRIZ for the creation of an innovative education manual from a Rarámuri and Odhame indigenous perspective, for kids from the Tarahumara mountain range.

This summer, we are closing a work cycle dedicated to this project in “El Venadito”, a community socially highly marginalized from the zone called the Golden Triangle in the Guadalupe y Calvo municipality belonging to Chihuahua state in Mexico. “El Venadito” population is composed by Rarámuri (Tarahumara) and Odhame (Tepehuana) indigenous groups, and mestizo population.

Why we care about linking TRIZ methodology with an education experience from an indigenous worldview?

The ¨Theory of inventive problem solving¨ (TRIZ) is part of a methodological approach composed by a Development of the creative imagination (RTV) and a Strategic Theory of the Creative Life (TRTL) components. TRIZ is a closed-structured system thinking paradigm that invents and innovates through the context, components, functions, problems, and system contradictions analysis. The trends and patterns identified as results after a TRIZ analysis are named and graphed in a simple way to generate specific answer models or solution algorithms in front of questions or future analog problems. TRIZ operates and solves problems or creative situations with the capabilities and basic resources from within the system and, at the same time, makes possible an experiences systematization process which allows for making shorter the search for innovations and solutions while facing problems.

The General Theory of Power Thinking (OTSM) of Nikolai Khomenko and TRIZ, propose that this learning process for the solution of inventive problems can start from the early childhood by teaching the kids that:

Everything fulfills a function intending to cover a specific need.
World itself is composed by interacting parts driven to fulfill a function.
Everything happens inside a given context.
We can classify and reclassify everything in the world according to our own culture and experience.
Identifying problems and discriminating what is not a problem.

Also, TRIZ and OTSM promote:

Paradox thinking, already present in the kids mind development.
Unlimited imagination, also already present in the kids´ mind.
Respect and celebration for the Ideas and solutions proposed by others
Defense of own ideas and solutions.
The willingness for constant problem solving, at the actual rhythm on which life problems happen.

The General Theory of Power Thinking (OTSM) also trusts this and other kind of approached for the creativity development should be shared and improved for innovation in education methods.

Indigenous education is not developed inside a room. This project is helpful to our research group for learning about indigenous knowledge in order to find complementary and efficient teaching and intercultural learning methods. Additionally, this experience will be part of a network of bio-cultural heritage based in the center of Mexico, thus, this case will allow a comparison between teaching and learning practices from other marginalized regions from urban and rural localities.

Which is our goal?

The core point of this work is the elaboration and edition of a trilingual book (Odhame, Rarámuri, Spanish languages) about intercultural education that will set the basis for the creation of didactic material complementary to the formal plan of the Education Ministry (Pilot program, sector 10 from 27th and 28th zones of indigenous education). Afterwards, the project results and the manual will be presented to the El Venadito and surroundings communities and schools belonging to the 27th zone.

How we will make use of the project budget?

The project budget will be used for the following activities:

For supporting the field work and planning the pedagogic activities such as songs, documentary films, movies, etc. The budget will be used for the acquisition of multimedia and bibliographic material about Rarámuri and Odhame culture
 For information processing and documentation, a computer will be bought of the exclusive use of the Project
For recording the community life, interviews with kids, parents and local professors a professional photo and video making equipment will be rented or bought.
Two visits from Monterrey City to El Venadito community are considered in the Budget. The travel consists on arriving to Chihuahua City from Monterrey, then traveling to Guadalupe y Calvo municipality to departure from there finally to El Venadito. The visits includes transportation, hosting costs and food for the research team consisting in 5 people.
Translation of the education manual to Rarámuri y Odhame languages and finally the manual editing and printing costs.

About the project team:

Nydia Cristina Prieto Chávez. BA of Social Psychology from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León  (UANL). MSc Master of Sciences focusing on Social Work by UANL. PhD candidate on Philosophy with focus on Architecture and Urban Issues, UANL.

Juan Cristóbal López Carrera. BA of History, UANL. MH Master of Humanities, Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM). PhD on Philosophy with focus on Architecture and Urban Issues, UANL.

Both research on the components of northern popular rural and urban culture, specifically on oral tradition, popular iconography, social imaginaries and representations, autonomous knowledge autogestion and cultural geography. They are coordinators of Kooperativa Rayenari (www.soldeagua.blogspot.com).

Karen Alejandra Garza Figueroa y Román Eduardo Saucedo Morales. They are both students of the last year of the BA of Social Psychology from UANL, with experience in community work in Monterrey City projects.

Vanessa Armendáriz. BA in International Studies and a BPA in Political Science and Public Administration by Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM). MSc in System Dynamics by University of Bergen and Universidade Nova de Lisboa and MBA by Radboud University.  She has experience in the system thinking application to the study of social systems, specially using the system dynamics methodology, for organizational problem solving, group system analysis and public policy improvement. Her experience is working with International Organizations and governments in Europe and Latin-American.

How we will deliver the rewards for your support?

The music, photography and digital manual rewards will be sent once the project is approved. The rewards consisting on tarahumara belts and blankets will be sent via conventional mail to the address provided once the project is finalized.

 

Which are the project risks?

Our project has the commons risks of any other project in a remote and highly marginalized zone in Mexico. It is important to acknowledge most of the field work is already done in the previous six years. The most important risk we foresee is not being able of closing the working cycle by creating the education manual focused on supporting the labour of the indigenous professors, thus prolonging the abandonment of this indigenous zone of the country. 

Contact the research team:

    mail: nydeaplus@gmail.com, paurakemantarraya@gmail.com, karen_agf@hotmail.com, roman.esm@hotmail.com, caminandoconelsol@gmail.com

    phone: 01 (81) 8340-1392

    skype user: caminandoconelsol

Walking with the Sun

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Your collaboration is important, we will send you a compilation of 100 songs of Tarahumara high lands and the Digital Manual.

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Your support deserves a complete Tarahumara music discography consisting 25 albums (each with 30 songs) and the Digital Manual

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Your support takes us closer to our goal, you will obtain a complete Tarahumara music discography consisting 25 albums (each with 30 songs), besides a selection of a digital pictures from the community taken by the kids and the Digital Manual

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We are closer to achieve our goal with your solidarity, you will obtain a complete Tarahumara music discography consisting 25 albums (each with 30 songs), a discography of indigenous music from the north of Mexico and the Digital Manual.

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We will make it thanks to your generosity. We want to reciprocally reward you with a complete Tarahumara music discography consisting 25 albums (each with 30 songs), a discography of indigenous music from the north of Mexico, a selection of a digital pictures from the community taken by the kids, the Digital Manual and a thank you post card signed by the community kids.

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Thanks for your collaboration, it is truly important for our project. Therefore we will send you a complete Tarahumara music discography consisting 25 albums (each with 30 songs), a discography of indigenous music from the north of Mexico, a selection of a digital pictures from the community taken by the kids, the Digital Manual and a thank you post card signed by the community kids. Besides that, your name will be acknowledged and added to the credits of the Manual.

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Thanks for this great solidarity act, besides a complete Tarahumara music discography consisting 25 albums (each with 30 songs), a discography of indigenous music from the north of Mexico, a selection of a digital pictures from the community taken by the kids, the post card will come with a beautiful belt made by the rarámuri women.

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This great solidarity act deserves all the former rewards, however, instead of the belt we will send you a beautiful wool blanket made in huge traditional loom. Traditional looming is a labour progressively lost, therefore, your collaboration will support the revitalization of this and other community knowledge and practices.

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