By Gerard Aziakou | AFP –
Google on Saturday unveiled a cultural map of Brazil’ Surui indigenous people, a digital tool that will help the Amazonian tribe share their vast knowledge of the forest and fight illegal logging.
The map, the result of a five-year partnership between Surui chief Almir and the US technology giant, was released online for the first time at a business forum held on the sidelines of the UN Rio+20 conference on sustainable development here.
The map, a collection of picture and videos mapping historical sites and offering 3-D visualization of Surui territory in the northwestern Brazilian state of Rondonia, is available on the site www.paiter.org as well as on Google Earth.
Donning a multi-colored feather wreath, chief Almir hailed the project that “shows the value of our culture to the world through Google.”
Almir, who proposed the idea of the map to Google during a visit to the United States