The National Museum of Costa Rica makes available to students of schools, colleges and the general public, a series of five high-quality audiovisual productions, and with the use of drone technology, which will allow them to know the chieftain sites with stone spheres of the Diquís , declared World Heritage in 2014; as well as historical data and educational information, the result of 20 years of studies in the area.
The videos are available on the social networks of the National Museum of Costa Rica: YouTube and Facebook, as well as on the web portals www.museocostarica.go.cr and www.diquis.go.cr; In addition, through alliances with other government entities, a broader distribution will be made to facilitate access by various audiences.
The audiovisuals consist of four videos of approximately 15 minutes each, which describe the universal cultural legacy of the territories, the research, conservation and protection carried out by the National Museum of Costa Rica (MNCR), as well as the joint work with the community. Another 48-minute video, which complements the series, jointly presents the world heritage sites: El Silencio, Finca 6, Batambal and Grijalba-2.
The realization of these products represented an investment of ¢ 5.5 million colones, from the budget that the MNCR allocates to promote education and dissemination of cultural heritage.
Audiovisual Productions Spheres of Stone.
With these productions, “the National Museum contributes with the knowledge of the pre-Columbian Diquís, the material legacy of its ancestors, and the enjoyment of the current communities,” explained Rocío Fernández, director of the National Museum, as well as bringing closer communities to the site , through the educational programs of the Finca 6 Museum.
“Each archaeological site, cultural landscape or bearer of tradition are wells of knowledge. Like books or stories, you have to learn to decipher and listen. For the Ministry of Culture and Youth, it is a source of joy to open windows to this knowledge; this time, we do it with this series of audiovisuals, to disseminate and promote one of our greatest archaeological treasures. These are the pre-Columbian cacical settlements with stone spheres from the Diquís, an international benchmark that allows us to gain awareness and appreciation for the indigenous component of our identities ”, expressed Sylvie Durán, Minister of Culture and Youth
Melania Brenes, Academic Vice Minister of the Ministry of Public Education, affirmed that “these videos are invaluable educational resources to support the learning process of students about historical, anthropological and archaeological facts of the Diquís stone spheres. They are a high quality input at the disposal of the educational community to learn in combined education and with the use of digital technologies ”.
In a didactic and entertaining way, the videos address historical, anthropological and archaeological topics, which complements the study plans in subjects such as Social Studies and Civics, and facilitates general knowledge.
The productions are presented and directed by the narrator, journalist and storyteller, Rodolfo González; with the participation of the archaeologist, Francisco Corrales; the anthropologist and educator, Carlos Morales, as well as active members of the communities surrounding the sites and the Boruca indigenous community.
“We have addressed the interest of the traveler to know and learn about the sites with spheres, both through the words of specialists, as well as people who live with that cultural legacy and give us their interpretation of what it means to have a heritage of the world. Thus, for example, Margarita Lázaro, bearer of tradition of the indigenous community of Boruca, and Jahaira Ramírez, tour guide of Ciudad Cortés, offer us their testimony ”, expressed Luis Bruzón, producer of the videos.
“On the other hand, without neglecting the informative rigor, we wanted to print a modern narrative, very entertaining, highly aesthetic and that ‘catches’ the attention of audiences of all ages so that they can travel and learn through the eyes of the person that leads the story. For this reason, we have used high-resolution cameras and drones, whose flight gives us a perspective of the natural beauty that surrounds the chiefdom sites and invites us to enjoy the trip, ”added Bruzón.