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Bote Vida was created in collaboration with 15 teachers and 120 K-G4 students at Caledonia Primary
School. The project, conceived and adopted as an activity to raise environmental awareness, was realised during an artist residency with La Wayaka Current, held one of over 365 coral islands in the Guna Yala Comarca, Panama.
The boat design-build was borrowed from the Guna people’s communal way of building houses:
For Bote Vida, the entire student community gathered the materials, and the teachers lent their traditional building expertise. The younger children painted decorative flags inspired by the local coral ecosystems, discovering that their islands had once been coral reefs. The older children made paper boats in response to discussions about climate change.