Ibagwen Malo Armila (Goodbye Armila)

September 22, 2014  •  1 Comment
The following is a direct transcript, followed by its English translation, of a goodbye speech that I delivered on Friday, July 11th, 2014 during a session of traditional congress after having spent nearly a year working on sea turtle conservation in the town of Armila, Guna Yala. The speech was delivered in the Guna language, Dulegaya. Scroll down...
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Gammibe Gun Galu

July 21, 2014  •  1 Comment
From my usual late afternoon post in my hammock in my cabin at the far edge of town, the sounds of Armila’s traditional reed-flute group, Gammibe Gun Galu, blend organically into the pulsating chorus of crickets and cicadas, the gentle swell of the ocean, and the calls of birds at dusk. (If you want to listen to what I'm talking about as you read,...
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Gathering in the Name of Turtles

July 04, 2014  •  2 Comments
Less than one week into the operation of “Yaug Nega” (The Turtle House), the building has already generated over USD 900 for the community and hosted a variety of community functions that directly support the mission of the town’s conservation efforts. 1. Women’s Plastic Art Workshop with Pamela Longabardi – This work was featured by National Ge...
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Tilapia: Keeping Turtles off the Menu

June 15, 2014  •  1 Comment
When Amanda and I first visited Armila as recent college graduates in late 2012, we sat with the chiefs (Sahilas) of the village to identify the most pressing issues within their community. The one that kept coming up was the scarcity of protein, an issue that not only affects people, but sea turtles as well. The community had found out about a go...
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Rescue

May 06, 2014  •  1 Comment
An adorable 7-year old Guna girl named Nagi arrived at Amanda’s and my doorstep two weeks ago, sweating and gasping for breath, and announced softly that we were needed at the river immediately. Someone in their dugout canoe, on their way home from gathering medicine, had just spotted a leatherback turtle that had been stuck in the Armila River for...
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