14th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Angela preparing Yoltamal. She is one of the last Rama to still speak its language.
This picture has been taken in an indigenous community called Bangkukuk Taik where Rama people live. There are only 2 000 Ramas left in the world and most of them are located on the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua. We estimate that only a dozen of them still speak their vernacular language and the size of the community is decreasing years after years.
A couple of years ago, the Nicaraguan government took the decision to build a canal across the country. This mega-project will have irreversible consequences on the environment and on local communities. For the Rama people, it would most probably mean the disappearance of their community as the canal is supposed to go through Bangkukuk Taik, even though it is an indigenous land protected by international law.
It represent sustainable travel in my opinion, because everything about this trip was about sustainability.
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