Saturday, September 23, 2006

Music Is Not a Hobby, It Has Something More for This Teacher

Desire to work with indigenous took her from Paraguay to Brazil

Craciela Chamorro started her introduction with a song. Soon all the participants at the Karasjok consultation were singing with gusto.

"Music is not just a hobby, it really is something more. I can not play a musical instrument but I love taking part in sing songs. But I prefer to practice before I sing, "she said.

Craciela was born in Paraguay. Now she lives in Brazil where she works as a university teacher where her students are a group of indigenous people.

Her first experience of teaching a group of indigenous people was in Germany, in 1999.

When she went to Brazil she organized the same course she had taught previously when she was there.

"At the beginning we had nearly 200 applicants from indigenous people, but only 60 places at the university, "she said. "I really feel that it is necessary for the indigenous people to get some education in theology, indigenous' issues, their own languages and many more things."

Sharing the experience of other participants through the Karasjok consultation she noted that, it was useful for her to gain knowledge about the situation with the Sámi people in Norway.

"When I teach students it's an egalitarian situation for me, but during the consultation I have a great empathy and increased my depth of understanding from the participants from all over the world."

Pour cette enseignante, la musique est plus qu'un hobby

Craciela Chamorro, enseignante au Brésil, née au Paraguay, a entonné une chanson au début de sa présentation. "La musique n'est pas pour moi juste un passe-temps, c'est vraiment plus." Forte de sa première expérience d'enseignement universitaire en Allemagne, c'est aujourd'hui au Brésil qu'elle transmet à plus de 200 étudiants d'origine indigène leur histoire et leur culture.

Elle a beaucoup appris des histoires entendues à Karasjok, surtout des Sámis de Norvège, qui peuvent apporter beaucoup aux autres peuples indigènes, par les nombreux pas qu'ils ont parcouru dans la reconnaissance de leur peuple.

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