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Grandma Janse
Multi-country · Rimbawan Muda Indonesia

An important issue facing indigenous communities today is the loss of customary spaces where people can gather, discuss and share their indigenous knowledge. Even formal education fails to accommodate local knowledge that is highly contextual and essential at the local level. Meanwhile, there is another problem, namely the disconnection of traditional knowledge from the older generation to the younger generation. Many traditional elders passed away bringing all the knowledge and good practices about life.

The Lakoat.Kujawas realises the importance of this problem and, together with Being and Becoming Indigenous Project, tries to be a connecting space for accommodating it. It was great to see Grandma Janse, who at her old age is very passionate about sharing her knowledge of weaving traditional woven fabrics and weaving leaves to the younger generation of the Mollo Indigenous Community.

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