What We Do
We use community storytelling, digital archiving, and research and education to promote and support rights to land and culture.
We are dedicated to protecting the land rights and cultural heritage of the people of the southern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Our goal is to assist the community of Caribe Sur in growing a living public archive and making information about their history and rights more easily accessible both within and outside the community.
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The Media School at Indiana University will return to Puerto Viejo for the second year to assist the Rich Coast Project in developing multimedia content through participatory storytelling with members of the Caribe Sur community.
From the Blog
Stories from Caribe Sur is a project produced collaboratively by the Rich Coast Project, members of the communities of southern Caribbean Costa Rica, and students from The Media School at Indiana University. The first chapter Sur includes six podcasts that were co-produced by student volunteers from the Indiana University Media School, local story facilitators from Talamanca, and members of the Rich Coast Project staff.
From September 2nd to 4th, 2017, Hidden Garden Ethnobotanical Sanctuary inaugurated its new Bush Medicine Circle with the First Annual Afro-Botany Conference. In a traditional style, they celebrated with a gathering of elders, teachers, students, plant lovers and community members, sharing wisdom as well as food, music, dance and ceremony.
El 25 de abril de 1981 un grupo de estudiantes del Colegio Agropecuario de Talamanca realizamos una visita a la población de Amubri, ubicada en el distrito de Bratsi, dentro de la Reserva Indígena. La visita se hizo con el fin de concocer las costumbres y usanzas de los indígenas.
We worked with a group of 12 local kids from Puerto Viejo to develop a short fiction film about the connection between people and the environment in the South Caribbean of Costa Rica. A team of communications students from the University of Costa Rica offered workshops on storytelling, script development, casting and production. The kids then filmed this short film... COMING SOON
We spent the 2016-2017 year based in Puerto Viejo, continuing the growth of the South Caribe Roots Archive and working with students from Caribe Sur, San Jose and Indiana. We welcomed new volunteers, received 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, and produced three participatory media projects with local residents.
View a slideshow video of photographs contributed by Christina Zingrich to the South Caribe Roots Archive.
Kids from Caribe Sur are making a movie and they need your help!
Jóvenes del Caribe Sur están haciendo un cortometraje de ficción, y necesitan su ayuda!
Ten local youth are in the process of making a movie with the help of Fer Segura and Dani Hernández, communications students who are rejoining the Rich Coast Project to complete their practicum at the University of Costa Rica.
On the second day of the 2017 Alternative Break Program in Puerto Viejo, half of the group of Indiana University Kelley School of Business students volunteered at the First Baptist Church, right in the center of town.
On Tuesday, March 14, 2017, students from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University visited the Hidden Garden Wellness Center to help construct an African Sacred Grove.
Students from the Kelley School of Business are returning to Costa Rica for the third year through a partnership between the Rich Coast Project and Kelley Initiatives for Social Impact.
Students from the University of Costa Rica (UCR TCU 127) joined the Rich Coast Project in Puerto Viejo for a week of participatory video and photography aimed at documenting local Puerto Viejo history and culture.
Photographs from the South Caribe Roots Archive are on display at the Casa de la Cultura in Puerto Viejo.
A photographic comparison of the crossing at Parquecito in Puerto Viejo, 1983 and 2017.
Una comparación fotográfica del cruce Parquecito en Puerto Viejo, 1983 y 2017.
Republicado de Nuestra Talamanca Ayer y Hoy (1983)
Por Maritza Rugama, Presidenta del Gobierno Estudiantil, 1981-1982, Colegio Agropecuario de Talamanca
Durante los años 1981 y 1982, los alumnos de décimo años del Colegio Técnico Profesional Agropecuario de Talamanca participaron en un proyecto especial, con el propósito de rescatar las historias, las costumbres y las raíces culturales del pueblo talamanqueño. Salieron del colegio con grabadoras, cámaras y cuestionarios, en busca de personas mayores que les pudieran contar las experiencias vividas.
The year is coming to an end, and we have so much to celebrate! 2016 brought tremendous transformation as we watched our programs grow in participation and community presence. We've rounded up the top stories from 2016 - check them out HERE.
The South Caribe Roots Archive will soon welcome a new form of documentation to its collections: podcasts.
By Tori Ziege
"This is what journalism is all about: bridging race, class, age and ethnicity to tell true stories, connecting people across borders and most importantly—across the bubbles that limit our everyday conversation."
On Monday, November 21, 2016 a group of residents of south Caribbean Costa Rica will spend an afternoon sharing stories with students from the Media School at Indiana University in a "story exchange" facilitated by the Rich Coast project and following the innovative, empathy-building methodology developed by Narrative 4.
The South Caribe Roots Archive recognizes the vital importance of documenting local history and preserving the individual and collective cultural identity of the south Caribbean, and offers one solution to the imminent threat of knowledge loss: participatory archiving.
Entrevista realizada en San Andres, Limón, Costa Rica en la finca de cacao de Daniel South. Fecha: April 3, 2016. Entravistadoras Katie Beck y Jessica Rugama (Rich Coast Project). Transcripción Kim Sohler. Editación Katie Beck.
We've been back in Puerto Viejo for over one month now, and so much has happened. Our first student group of the season is set to arrive in a couple of weeks, we're preparing a local exhibit of photographs from the South Caribe Roots Archive, and gearing up for big advances in our organizational structure. Take a look at what we've accomplished and at what we have in store.
The annual SCRA Calendar features historic photographs and information contributed by community members and collected by the Rich Coast Project. We are calling on local businesses and allies of the Caribe Sur community help us put this valuable community heritage back into the homes of residents by sponsoring this year's SCRA Calendar.
This post is the first in a series of behind-the-scenes notes written by RCP staff and volunteers.
By Katie Beck (RCP Founder & Director)
It's Friday, October 7, 2016. Today marks one week since we've been back in Puerto Viejo, and oh what a busy week it has been!
Wreally Studios will continue to support the Rich Coast Project through free transcription software. Thank you Wreally Team!
Students of the Hidden Garden's Traditional Latino Herbal Medicine joined the Rich Coast Project for a morning of learning from local community members about the bush medicine they grew up with.
The Rich Coast Project's upcoming trip with students from the Indiana university media school was featured in last Wednesday's Indiana Daily Student.
An interview with Mel Baker in Punta Uva
This interview is part of a growing digital archive of the communities of Caribe Sur, Costa Rica, organized by the Rich Coast Project in collaboration with many local residents and organizations.
In November 2016 a group of Indiana University students will travel to Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica, to spend a working with the communities of the south Caribbean in developing content for the South Caribe Roots Archive.
About The Rich Coast Project
Our mission is to build a platform for the collection and dissemination of historical information relating to the identity and history of the area’s inhabitants and to improve access to the legal information necessary for securing local rights to property and natural resources.
Our vision is to create a replicable model of community-based human rights advocacy that uses storytelling and digital archiving to foster community resilience, empower citizen engagement, and increase access to information so that local communities may have a meaningful stake in their history and their future.
WHY WE EXIST
WE BELIEVE RESIDENTS HAVE THE RIGHT TO PROTECT THEIR HISTORY AND LANDS FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.
Our work is justified by the need to:
Confront a lack of access to information
React to an urgent threat of knowledge loss
Humanize issues related to tenure insecurity and sustainable development
Respond to an increase of poverty and inequality
Recognize the legal invisibility of a particularly vulnerable group within the community
WHO WE SERVE
The Rich Coast Project serves the coastal communities of southern Caribbean Costa Rica between Cahuita and Manzanillo. This region is inhabited by the descendants of Afro-Caribbean settlers, as well as indigenous Bribri and Cabecar tribes and multiethnic mix of new and long-term migrants from all over the world.