by Campbell Plowden
October 12, 2022
Our next attempt to prepare a new cadre of artisan teachers took place in Amazonas village on the Marañon River with 29 participants from 7 villages – only half of whom were experienced artisans. Doilith stayed in her usual role to show five women how to make chambira butterflies for the first time while three artisans from San Francisco took on facilitator duties for small groups tasked with making three birds.
On the second day, we posted our favorite “5 Steps to Accompany an Artisan” in a training (Explain, Show, Observe, Comment, Affirm) along with a more comprehensive “Responsibilities of Artisan Facilitators” I had written up that morning. The first item was “Show respect for artisans from all communities and cultures.” It was prompted by hearing that one of our participants had made derogatory comments about some native artisans at a previous gathering. We strongly encourage our artisan facilitators to go through Alternatives to Violence Project training to be more conscious about the impact of their words and actions, but we can’t require it.