Cultural preservation and Transmission

Revitalize The Roots Initiative

Protecting and Preserving the Indigenous Wisdom of the Endorois People

 The Endorois are an indigenous minority community living around the shores of Lake Bogoria and Mochongoi Ol-Arabel and Marmanet Forest in Marigat (Baringo South Constituency), and Mogotio sub-counties of Baringo County, as well as in Nakuru and Laikipia Counties within the Rit Valley of Kenya. The Endorois Community had been living around Lake Bogoria from time immemorial and regarded Mochongoi Forest and Lake Bogoria as sacred grounds due to the use of these locations for key cultural and religious ceremonies.

The Endorois People were forcibly evicted from their ancestral land in early 1970’s by the government of Kenya in the name of conservation – ultimately paving way for the creation of Lake Bogoria National Reserve.  It has been a long journey to reclaim the land and to obtain reparations. The Endorois people face the threat of assimilation and complete destruction of culture and traditional knowledge which dates back many milenna, tracing back to the original roots of humanity on the African continent.

Article 13 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) mentions the “Indigenous Peoples right to revitalize, use, develop and and transmit to future generations their histories, languages, oral traditions … and that “member states shall take effective measures to ensure that this right is protected…”  

Despite the passing of the UNDRIP at UN, the efforts implemented on these clauses to date have been insufficient and have not fully addressed the complex root of the issues.  There exists inadequate meaningful youth engagement to preserve and transmit their heritage to the future generation.

The Revitalize the Roots Initative powered by Global Wisdom Collective and Jamii Asilia Centre seeks to bridge this gap.  

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