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A Look Inside the Indigenous University of Venezuela

What is it like to be a student at the Indigenous University of Venezuela [es]? Three students from the department of edu-communication recently took part in a workshop led by Rising Voices in order to learn how to take better digital photographs and how to upload and share them on the internet

These three students are part of an effort to showcase this unique university designed to provide an intercultural and experimental form of education to students from Venezuela's indigenous communities. By accessing the university's satellite connection, which was provided by the government program called Infocentros [es], the students are able to access the internet to share images of activities, facilities, and the stunning nature that surrounds the 2,000-hectare campus located in the state of Bolívar.

To read more about the university and the workshop held in February 2013, please read the post on the Rising Voices blog.

These are some of the photographs taken by the students and uploaded to the university's Flickr account. Click on the photograph to visit the original photograph.

 A typical hut-like structure called a "churuata" where the students gather for meetings and other group activities. Photo by Akaneto.

A typical hut-like structure called a “churuata” where the students gather for meetings and other group activities. Photo by Akaneto.

A mural of "Kiwxi" an indigenous leader assassinated in Brazil and whose image adorns the inside wall of the churuata. Photo by Akaneto.

A mural of “Kiwxi” an indigenous leader assassinated in Brazil and whose image adorns the inside wall of the churuata. Photo by Akaneto.

Symbols used as marking during traditional activities and during communal work. It can also be used as protection from bad spirits. Photo by Wadaana.

Symbols used as marking during traditional activities and during communal work. It can also be used as protection from bad spirits. Photo by Wadaana.

Preparation of a meal by the river that runs through the UIV campus. Photo by Akaneto

Preparation of a meal by the river that runs through the UIV campus. Photo by Akaneto

Typical fried fish prepared by the students. Photo by Kuranicha.

Typical fried fish prepared by the students. Photo by Kuranicha.

Bridge over Caño Tauca, a small river that runs through the campus, where the students can bathe and also fish. Photo by Kuranicha.

Bridge over Caño Tauca, a small river that runs through the campus, where the students can bathe and also fish. Photo by Kuranicha.

Portrait of Jedewanadi from the Ye'kwana indigenous community. Photo by Wadaana.

Portrait of Jedewanadi from the Ye'kwana indigenous community. Photo by Wadaana.

More photographs can be found here.

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