ACT Field Notes

Welcome to the Amazon Conservation Team "field notes" blog! Stay up to date with the latest field activities below.

Posted on Monday, August 31, 2015

It is 6 a.m. when the students wake up to the drip, drip, drip of water falling from nearby trees. It rained heavily throughout the night. The early morning rousing is now routine for these young people—collaborators in a“twinning” (partnership) project engaging ACT Suriname and the University of Utrecht.

Posted on Saturday, May 16, 2015

Field work in Suriname comes at a hefty price—more than 60 percent of ACT-Suriname’s budget goes toward chartered flights to the country’s interior.

For this reason, our field staff make the most of their time during each community visit.

Posted on Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Kwamalasamutu awakens. The first sunrays break through the clouds and light on thatched roofs in the tiny Surinamese rainforest village. A few residents are already on their way to wash themselves in the river. Mist still hangs in the air. Suddenly, we hear a voice over the village loudspeaker. It’s Granman Asongo Alalaparu. Per the daily ritual, he makes the morning announcements. Today—as for the last two weeks—the big project is building the community’s new Tukuispan. And everyone is expected to help.

Posted on Saturday, April 4, 2015

On February 11, 2015, the shaman Korotai Puumona escorted sixth-grade students from the public school in Kwamalasamutu into Suriname’s deep rainforest interior. During the walk, Korotai–an active participant in ACT’s “Shamans and Apprentices” program–introduced the students to a range of medicinal plants. They learned about their forests’ rich ethnobotanical wealth as Korotai pointed out species that are used to disinfect wounds, stem bleeding, treat snake and spider bites, and more.

Posted on Saturday, March 28, 2015

March 27, 2015: By the final day of the Children’s Book Festival in Paramaribo, approximately 900 students had made virtual journeys to Suriname’s deep rainforest interior with ACT.

The Trio word “napopha,” meaning “thank you,” was frequently heard at the ACT booth, especially toward the traditional knowledge-keeper and healer Wuta from the indigenous village of Kwamalasamutu. ACT flew Wuta, an active participants in the Shamans and Apprentices Program, to Paramaribo to participate in the festival.