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The Yiaku Peoples and the Mukogodo Forest, Kenya

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September 23, 2012

See the Process







Intangible Cultural Heritage Preservation in Kenya



1:10,000 scale (2 x vertical exaggeration) Participatory 3D Model of the Mukogodo Forest, Laikipia  District, Kenya, (Nov. Dec. 2007).

Note: The model (57,600 ha or 576 km2) has been the 3rd Participatory 3D Model constructed in Africa.

 Depicted data reflect the mental maps of approximately 100 Yiaku Peoples. Elders populated the model with their memories and reconstructed the present landscape . The model displays xx data layers including different types of areas, points and lines.

Image courtesy of Peter Kuria © / Shalin

Recommended readings:

Muchemi J., Crawhall N., Pedone G. Koinante J. Kiptum Y. Kuria K. 2009. Kenya case study: Participatory 3-Dimensional Modelling; published in African Indigenous Peoplesí Workshop on effective use of Information Communication Technology (ICTs) in environmental advocacy, IPACC/CTA, Cape Town, South Africa.

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The Mukogodo is one of the last pristine forests in Kenya. Corruption, logging, uncontrolled agricultural incursion have all taken their toll on the forests of Kenya. The destruction of forests have placed traditional hunter gatherer communities in a position of vulnerability and insecurity. IPACC, ERMIS Africa and Shalin Ry have been cooperating with the Yiaku Peoples Assocation to conduct a P3DM exercise of the Mukogodo Forest. The event has been timely, as there are only 5 known speakers of the Cushitic Yiaku language (also called Yaaku and Mukogodo), making it Kenya's most endangered language. Most Yiaku today speak Laikipia Maa, a nilotic language of herders. During the legend making process a number of words unknown to the younger generations surfaced in the discussion and a 3 language legend was produced.

The Mukogodo mapping has been a follow on on last years highly successful mapping of the Mau Forest Escarpment by the Ogiek people of Nessuit.

Image courtesy of Peter Kuria © / Shalin

Image courtesy of Peter Kuria © / Shalin


Method/tools: P3DM and GIS


Trainees' and facilitators' contacts:


Details on the exercise:


The map key (legend) displays XX different features identified by the villagers.


Photo documentation of the exercise


Tips for practitioners


Process documentation
[ PDF: 1.4 MB | 66 pages ].
To read, you need Adobe Acrobat.

Image courtesy of Peter Kuria © / Shalin

The exercise has been made possible by the coordinated effort made by the Yiaku Peoples, ERMIS-Africa, Shalin Ry and the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee (IPACC)

For more information you may contact:
Ms. Jennifer Koinante, Director, Yiaku Peoples Association
P.O. Box 947, 10400 Nanyuki, Kenya


More Intangible Cultural Heritage Preservation case studies around the globe
Mau Forest (Kenya) Ikobey (Gabon) Mukogodo (Kenya) Sengwer (Kenya) Bale (Ethiopia) Wechecha (Ethiopia) Lucchio (Italy) Valleriana (Italy) Montale (Italy)


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