In 2011, a partnership between Indigenous associations, academic institutions and civil society organisations launched Project COBRA. Its mission was to support Indigenous communities in the Guiana Shield of South America to identify, record and share their own solutions, and showcase these to the rest of the world.
In December 2016, Project COBRA’s researchers launched the Cobra Collective, a social enterprise for advancing the project’s achievements.
Two years after the end of Project COBRA, the Cobra Collective, funded by The Open University, interviewed key individuals that participated in, and/or benefited from, its legacy.
Our use of participatory video and photography in Project COBRA was absolutely crucial in representing and promoting community perspectives. This video asks participants: “Why use visual communications to promote community owned solutions?”