The Caribe Sur Wellness Traditions Documentation Project is a multi-stakeholder effort to address a lack of documentation of the historic practices of the Afro-Caribbean communities living in the coastal lowlands of Costa Rica’s southern Caribbean coast.
In collaboration with the Hidden Garden, our aim is to work in solidarity with local leaders and related groups to document the local use of natural resources for health and wellness and prepare community-legible resources to educate stakeholders on relevant health-related rights.
Through this collaborative project we hope to address specific questions related to the intersection of culture, natural resources, and traditional wellness practices. The academic community lacks a clear and well-documented understanding of the connection between survival and the development of culture. The people of coastal Talamanca possess a deep reserve of traditional forest and coastal knowledge, and bio-cultural practices that demonstrate a profound understanding of, respect for, and reliance upon their natural environment.