PAN-AFRICAN LIVING CULTURES ALLIANCE (PALCA) – Maasai community
PALCA is an international NGO led by and for Indigenous Peoples of Africa and registered in Kenya. PALCA’s mission is to safeguard communities’ biocultural rights, support inter-generational transmission, preserve indigenous languages, promote traditional governance of natural resources, with participatory video at it’s heart.
PALCA takes an innovative approach in addressing issues of indigenous cultures strengthening, decolonization of cultural spaces, climate change, networking with like-minded organizations, individuals, conservation of fauna and flora from indigenous knowledge perspectives and strategic, nonconfrontational engagement with nation states and regional bodies like East African community, ECOWAS, Au, Sadc and UN bodies.
PALCA is working with Oxford university Museum and the Pitts River Museum on the project of decolonisation of Museums and cultural spaces, reparation and possible reconciliation. The organization focuses on strengthening cultural and indigenous knowledge systems, conservation of natural environment and contribution to the global efforts to save the planet through promotion of the use indigenous knowledge systems and how they can be used to inspire the world and inform the efforts and strategies to save the planet.
Video by the Maasai community talking about how industry, government and conservation agencies steal and degrade their land.
“Modernization based development theory has spearheaded the destruction of endogenous development thinking and philosophies if indigenous communities in our planet and planted western cultural values through the colonially spirited formal education system which systemically and neo-colonialistically has made indigenous communities think less of themselves as human who have own knowledge systems which connects them with nature”
Samwel Nangiria, Maasai activist, explains the issues affecting indigenous people. Issues related to the colonialist idea of land occupation, conservation and issues of investment. Western ideology and education is trying to destroy their culture, to replace indigenous knowledge, discouraging the communal system to replace it with individual land owning.
“Capitalistic development model is the key culprit for propelling western overconsumption of natural resources and setting humanity on a no return road for self destruction through unabated release of greenhouse gas emissions. Students should understand [the difference between] the western model of development visavis the indigenous endogenous development model which discourages overconsumption and respects close and friendly harmony with the natural environment.”
An example of sustainable adaptation of pastoralism to shifting climate conditions, de-growing their own livestock: The rising practice amongst Maasai pastoralists of selling livestock in time to prevent mortality of animals during the annual dry season. The dry spells get more severe due to climate change and population growth and land alienation has reduced available grazing land. In order for the Maasai to maintain their centuries’ old way of life, it is crucial to reduce herd sizes and sell on a regular basis. In this way, sustainable pastoralism can be possible.
TO LAND GRABS
“We want to look at land issues not only from the conflict of one village, one district. We have decided to develop a very comprehensive pan-Maasai strategy, with PV hubs at community level at the heart: Living Cultures. We want to preserve our culture because it is under attack, it is slowly being eroded and as soon as we lose our culture, we lose everything, our land our livelihood, everything. And for us culture means land, means environment, a secure environment, a safe environment”.
Story of women maasai movement emancipating themselves while winning battles for their land rights against safari companies.
How can you support PALCA?
As with all our partners, we are trying to support PALCA with raising funds for specific projects and aspects of their ongoing work. If you would like to contribute below you will find a chuffed page where you can donate directly to PALCA and more information on what PALCA will use the funding towards.
What is PALCA going to do with the money raised:
Setting up of PALCA: basic inception activities like office rent, website development and basic installation of financial and management systems in our organisation as well as networking to market the innovative strategy of palca. Setting up a network of hubs for indigenous educators.
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