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COLLABORO: Adaptive history of human socio-cognitive development. Originally this this project was awarded by ERC and currently has been supported by SERI (State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation), Switzerland. COLLABORO will for the first time compare the ontogeny of children aged 0-17 in traditional hunter gatherer groups, using standard socio-cognitive tests, focal follows, contact tracing and longitudinal surveys. Blending anthropological depth with psychological breadth, to provide insights into possible general socio-cognitive adaptations and ontogenetic variation triggered by local socio-cultural factors. 

HEE CARBON FREE: This project aims to neutralise the Carbon emissions of the expeditions of the HEE group members, through the plantation of 2500 trees every year in Sierra Madre region, Philippines. Together with HEE, the NCIP (National Committee for Indigenous Peoples), organised an Association of Agta people to coordinate the planting activities, ISU (Isabela State University) is building a new tree nursery to supply the native seedlings and organising related courses for capacitating the Agta, in their own language. Further information: here


AGTA BOOK: The lifestyle of the Agta, "the last hunter-gatherers" in the Philippines, is fascinating! For them, storytelling is extremely important to pass their values and morals for the younger generations. This project was initially designed to produce a book to immortalise some of the Agta traditional stories (tales), written in their own language. A total of eight tales were selected and illustrated by the Brazilian artist Paulo Sayeg. Besides the traditional tales, the book was incremented with pictures of the Agta lifestyle taken during the last two decades by Rodolph Schlaepfer. One other important part of this book was given to Scientific Researchers, Professionals of Health, Environmental Agencies, Educational Institutions and Agta Leaders to write about their work experience with this great people.

Check the stories here

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