Tatiana Becerra
PhD Educational Studies
Tanenbaum Open Science Institute Fellow
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Fall
2024
Narrating visual and oral narrating land-based [hi]stories from a rural community in northern Colombia
Tanenbaum Open Science Institute Fellow
Fall
2024

Background

Drawing on indigenous ontological and epistemological definitions of learning and knowing, my project  addresses the intricacy of learning, knowledges and literacies, specifically by exploring their emergence from interaction with the land.  I specifically plan to visually and orally narrate land-based [hi]stories from a rural community in northern Colombia. I will curate [hi]stories from a pool of video-data that I obtained during fieldwork for my PhD dissertation. This video-data includes narratives that members of a rural community shared while walking the Land—mountains, fields, rivers, homes, gardens, ponds in their community. Adults and youth share the practices, beliefs, understanding, historical knowledge that sustain their ways of living and being in their rural community. Through my analysis of these [hi]stories, I expect to shed light on the ways knowledge is created from interaction with the Land. For example, how signs and meanings are evoked during Land-human interactions. These portrayal of embodied, land-based [hi]stories may allow us to recognize the value of local knowledges—especially those from rural communities that are often disregarded or deemed as inferior—for understanding how to engage in sustainable and responsible stewardship of the Land.

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