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Pantanal News - Winter 2013-2014

posted Apr 1, 2014, 5:45 AM by Ethan Shirley
HAPPY HOLIDAYS from all of us in Brazil and in the United States! Come see an exhibit about the Pantanal and our work at the Duderstadt Center Gallery in January. The opening ceremony will be tomorrow, January 8 at 4:00pm.
Music students at the Colégio Nazaré.                                        Kids are interviewed as part of TransTech Pantanal project.
Our music project continues to provide new opportunities to kids living at the Colégio Nazaré. A video of some of the kids playing basic songs is here. The Instituto Ciranda of Cuiabá has partnered with us, and we are building with them a system involving Americans and Brazilians teaching and learning both in person and over the internet through video-lessons.
In December and January, we began working on a large project with partner non-profit ECOA to teach sustainable technologies in some of the most remote and inaccessible areas of the Pantanal. We will work with local experts and students to teach about small-scale wind turbines, biodigesters, and slow-sand water filters. We will also teach basic emergency medicine and CPR in these communities. Some more information is on ourwebsite.


UofM photographer Marcin Szczepanski spent some time with us and in a remote community in the Pantanal. His pictures are featured on his website.I would like to invite all of you to check out an exhibition of his work about the Pantanal and its people, which will run from January 8th until January 25th in the Duderstadt Center Gallery on North Campus in Ann Arbor. An opening ceremony will be held on the 8th from 4:00pm until 6:00pm, and students and Pantanal experts will be around to answer your questions. We hope to see you there! 

Our annual Pantanal in the Arb 5k fundraiser will take place on the 6th of April at the Hospital entrance of the Arb. More info will follow in the spring newsletter.

If you want to get involved or have any ideas, please contact Ethan at


Ethan Shirley