Among the many places I did graphic facilitation this was the most unusual so far. I had already facilitated in villages before, but never in the open air and without having prepared myself previously. Unforgivable always happens, so instead of sitting and crying (yes, sometimes it’s what we want to do), it’s best to put the cahola to work and think about alternatives.
So there we were, me and Mateus (companion of this adventure). We had prepared and arranged a week before we used the village block, which in fact had two walls to use as a basis for facilitation. Happy that we only arrived one day before the workshop to prepare everything and so, the day before, already in the village and without communication, we discovered that now, the court was under renovation and we could not use. We had then a few hours before the workshop and nowhere else to put 130 Xavantes. We talked to the leaders and decided, at 10:00 p.m. of the night, that we were going to do this first workshop day under the hoses (there were 3 big trees) that are in the center of the village. Exhausted (of course, after 8 hours of travel and 2 more hours lost in IT), we decided to think about the details the next day.
In this expectation we woke up the next day early, we went swimming in the river amid the beautiful sunrise and the cold water the creek. When we found the leaders who would help us with the workshop, we knew that we would have to start later, at dawn a child had died and, out of respect, we should wait for the family ritual of passage. We waited.
Between the waiting and the workshop we had to figure out how to organize the space for the workshop with the materials we had: tape crepe, transparent, rope and pocketknife (essential in the field) and palm straw … And that’s how we organized.
Based on the trunks, we removed the leaflets from the palm leaves and used their stems, with a little crepe tape, glued one stem to the other and hung on the trunks. We set up the panels in the palm holder, made by hand and one hour before the workshop started.
It was incredible, the panels were exposed and played the role of delimiting the place of the workshop. We set up the school tables to receive the indigenous speakers, baskets and indigenous handicrafts gave the final touch of the workshop “room”. And so we go on all day!