Written by Ian McClanan
I’m Ian McClanan, a volunteer from the United States working for Alianza Arkana in the areas of social media branding and videography. I’m 19 years old and am currently a rising Sophomore at Harvard University. This past month volunteers at Alianza Arkana were hard at work, leading the FECONAU (a local political association of indigenous people) youth and local REDCIP telecommunications professionals in a 3-Day workshop to edit video footage taken at the June 5th Indigenous Rights March in Pucallpa.
On World Environment Day, June 5th 2017, as a new volunteer I was blown away to see the thousands of indigenous peoples and their allies who took to the streets of Pucallpa to demonstrate. The day was filled with impassioned chants, motivational speeches, and beautiful cultural demonstrations of body paint, dance, and song. While the march successfully prompted negotiations between indigenous organizations and the regional government and helped foster collective identity among the demonstrators, volunteers at Alianza made it a priority to support Shipibo youth in their ability to capture moments like these and utilize online networks going forward.
In an effort spearheaded by Karl Vikat, another volunteer working with Alianza Arkana in the area of eco-social justice, and Ian McClanan, and supported by members of REDCIP, the indigenous communicators network Alianza Arkana hosted a 3-day video editing workshop to develop meaningful skills among local Shipibo to use for promotion of indigenous rights going forward. In total, the workshop served 15 individuals both young and old, giving participants an introduction to the fundamentals of video editing.
In the workshop, we used the free and accessible Windows MovieMaker to edit footage taken during the March. We were hugely impressed with the growth of the editing skills of participants over the workshop days, and we’d like to give a special shout-out to Davidcito Xeka for his great final product that can be found at this link on Alianza Arkana’s Youtube Channel:
Thanks to everyone who supports the great work done by volunteers down here in Pucallpa!