The EarthLore community dialogue methodology allows the community to analyse and reflect on their issues and find ways to engage that are largely informed by and connected with indigenous knowledge and the wisdom of elders.
In Steenbok, this process was started in 2021.
The vision is to revive the river, which relies on the revival of the trees in the forest and the crops that were part of the rituals and rain ceremonies. It is linked with the revival of our culture.
By going at the community’s pace in dialoguing, the issues are coming up one by one.
Farming is being abandoned in the Steenbok community because of the lack of rain and losing the traditional seed like sorghum. The maize and other seed used instead cannot survive the harsh climate prevailing in the area and leave the community with nothing to harvest.
The community is now understanding what they are losing from the contamination of the sacredness of the river and the nearby forest.
Communities have been trying to get assistance from the government to clean the river. Our big question is how to engage the government?