International cooperation

Ogiek project (Kenya).

Starting in 2015, Ethnorêma-ODV has launched a series of still ongoing projects in support of the Ogiek community of Mariashoni (Elbagon administrative division, Molo district, Nakuru County, Kenya). The projects are co-financed by the Autonomous Province of Bolzano (office of international relations and voluntary work) and carried out with various Italian and Kenyan partners.

Project details

  • Location of operation
    Mariashoni
  • Year
    2012-2014
  • Financing bodies
    Autonomous Province of Bolzano
  • Financed budget
    € 21.146,00
Project Team

Ethnorêma, Mani Tese Kenya Branch, NECOFA
with University of  Trieste

Socio-economic development, safeguarding of traditional knowledge and protection of biodiversity in the Ogiek community of Mariashoni

(2012-2014)

Project details

  • Location of operation
    Mariashoni
  • Year
    2015-2016
  • Financing bodies
    Autonomous Province of Bolzano
  • Financed budget
    € 36.567,49
Project Team

Ethnorêma,  NECOFA

Development programme for the strengthening of identity of the Ogiek community

(2015-2016)

Project details

  • Location of operation
    Mariashoni
  • Year
    2017-2018
  • Financing bodies
    Autonomous Province of Bolzano
  • Financed budget
    € 30.563,64
Project Team

Ethnorêma, NECOFA

Development programme for the strengthening of identity of the Ogiek community – second phase

(2017-2018)

Project details

  • Location of operation
    Mariashoni
  • Year
    2019-2020
  • Financing bodies
    Autonomous Province of Bolzano
  • Financed budget ( 70% advance)
    € 20.811,00
Project Team

Ethnorêma, NECOFA

Development programme for the strengthening of identity of the Ogiek community – third phase

(2019-2020)

Project details

  • Location of operation
    Mariashoni
  • Year
    2021-2022
  • Financing bodies
    Autonomous Province of Bolzano
  • Financed budget (70% advance)
    € 21.447,10
Project Team

Ethnorêma, NECOFA

Promotion of social and economic resilience of the Ogiek community of Mariashoni regarding the challenges in Kenya brought on by Covid-19, climate change and the shift of government land policies

 
(2021-2022)

    Events and Publications

    Events



    On the occasion of the 2017 Cooperation Day, the conference entitled Land grabbing. The robbed lands in the global South was organized by the Foreign Relations and Voluntary Service Office of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano.
    The program also included a section called Storytelling: Stories of Development Cooperation, in which Ethnorêma presented an account of its activities among the Ogiek.

    Publications

    by Ilaria Micheli

    Associate Professor in African Linguistics, University of Trieste
    – Department of Legal, Language, Interpreting and Translation Studies

    Book:

    • (2019) Grammatical Sketch and Short Vocabulary of the Ogiek Language of Mariashoni. Trieste: EUT.
      (available also online).

    Articles:

    • (2020) “Contact or cognate languages? The Ogiek of Mariashoni and the Akie of Tanzania in the Kalenjin continuum” in Incontri Linguistici, vol. 43, pp. 117-134.
    • (2018) “La tradizione orale come campo di ricerca utile allo studio della storia, della lingua e della cultura dei cacciatori raccoglitori. Un caso di studio Africano”, in Ligi, Pedrini, Tamisari (ed.) Un accademico impaziente. Studi in onore di Glauco Sanga. p. 495-507, Alessandria: Edizioni dell’Orso.
    • (2017) “Women’s lives: childhood, adolescence, marriage and motherhood among the Ogiek of Mariashoni (Kenya) and the Kulango of Nassian (Ivory Coast)” in Micheli, I. (a cura di)  ATrA 3 – Cultural and Linguistic Transition explored: Proceedings of the ATRA closing workshop – Trieste, May 25-26, 2016; pp. 13-32. Trieste: EUT.
    • (2016) “Materiality and Hunt among the Ogiek of Mariashoni” in Micheli, I. (a cura di) Materiality and Identity. Selected papers from the proceedings of the ATRA Conferences of Naples and Turin 2015, pp. 57-92. Trieste: EUT.
    • (2016) “We are indigenous and we want to be literate in our own language”. The Ogiek of Mariashoni: a good example of how a literacy project with the best premises can be a failure” in AION 2016, vol 76, pp. 77-101. Brill.
    • (2014) “The Ogiek of the Mau Forest: Reasoning between Identity and Survival” in La Ricerca Folklorica, vol. 69, pp. 189-204.
    • (2014) “Safeguarding the Past to Guarantee a Better Future. The Role of Ethnolinguistics in the NECOFA projects among the Mariashoni Okiek Community” in Dansero E., De Filippi F., Fantini E., Marocco I. (a cura di) Imagining Cultures of Cooperation – Proceedings of the III CUCS Congress, Turin 19-21 September 2013, JUNCO –  Journal of Universities and international development Cooperation, n. 1, www.ojs.unito.it/index.php/junco/ ISBN 978-88-96894-16-3, pp. 777-784.
    • (2014) “The Okiek of Mariashoni, Nakuru District, Mau Forest Complex, Kenya. A Sociolinguistic Report” in Incontri Linguistici nr 37, pp. 136-157.
    • (2013) “Honey and Beekeeping among the Okiek of Mariashoni, Mau Forest Escarpment, Nakuru District, Kenya” in Ethnorêma, anno IX, vol. 9, pp. 55-102.
    • (2013) “An Okiek Folktale” in Ethnorêma, anno IX, vol. 9, pp. 131-136.


    by Maria Pennacchio

    Articles:

    • (2013) “Ogiek (Okiek) di Mariashoni (Kenya): Comunità di Kaprop, Ndoswa, Kiptunga, Molem ” in Ethnorêma, anno IX, vol. 9, pp. 103-130.

    Press review

    SBS radio (Australia) interview with Bruna Sironi (August 11, 2017)

    New Kenya, old KenyaViolent protests followed the vote for presidential elections in Kenya. For a better understanding of the climate in the country, Jolanda Pupillo, reached Bruna Sironi of Ethnorema, an association based in Nairobi“.


    July 24, 2017 article on the website of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano

    Other contributions

    Documentary

    “Speaking of home – The story of the Mount Elgon Ogiek” di Laura Meriläinen

    The Ogiek people live on the slopes of Mount Elgon in Kenya. This documentary shows the Ogiek’s relationship to their homeland and to the world. As indigenous peoples without official minority status in Kenya, the Ogiek have gone through evictions from their native land for decades. Time after another they have returned to their land to continue living in the forest. The documentary is the Ogiek’s story, in their own words, of their hopes before the 2013 Kenyan elections. It was filmed in Chepkitale, Mt. Elgon in 2012 during a mapping workshop. Through developing a map of their land, the Ogiek not only strengthen their cultural identity, but can show that the land said to belong to someone else, is rightfully theirs.

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