Dr. Jean Rahier donates to the Fondo Documental Afro-Andino of the Universidad Andina Simón Bolivar

Dr. Jean Muteba Rahier, AADS Director and Professor of Anthropology, has donated to the Fondo Documental Afro-Andino (Afro-Andean Archive and Documentary Fund) housed in the Universidad Andina Simón Bolivar-Ecuador 103 cassettes recorded as part of his research in Afro-Ecuadorian communities in the Province of Esmeraldas and in the Chota-Mira Valley between 1984 and 2003.

The Fondo, a collaborative agreement between the Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar­ Ecuador (UASB-E) and the collective Procesos de Comunidades Negras (PCN), began in 2002 when the Afro-Ecuadorian historian and community-based leader Juan Garda Salazar placed "in trust" in the UASB-E more than 3,000 hours of taped oral testimonies and over 8,000 photographs compiled in Afro-Ecuadorian communities over a 30 year period. This oral and visual archive, the only one of its kind in Latin America, has continued to grow. Today it serves as an important resource for international and national researchers, educators, and community members.

In recognition of Dr. Rahier’s donation and of its substantial contribution, the Fondo Documental Afro-Andino named a special collection within its central archive: "The Jean Muteba Rahier Afro­ Ecuadorian Collection." They will soon be announcing this special collection on the Universidad Andina Simón Bolivar (UASB)'s web page, where they will also publicly express their appreciation for this personal donation and acknowledge the ongoing Memorandum of Understanding and Agreement of International Cooperation between Florida International University and the Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar-Ecuador.

Dr. Rahier is in the process of preparing the donation of his many photographs taken during his 1984-2003 fieldwork. These photographs will soon be donated in digitized format, duly annotated and indexed.