To bear witness to forgotten peoples
« I am a man. I consider nothing that is human alien to me. » Terence
A WORRYING ISSUE: THE LOSS OF LITTLE-KNOWN CULTURES
The major ethnic groups were systematically studied by anthropologists at an early date. On the other hand, smaller peoples comprising only a few villages were neglected. Mankind is thus bereft of information on the lifestyles, material culture, plant skills and the different ways that autochthonous peoples found to survive, while their religious beliefs are often fast disappearing.
The Foundation’s objectives are strictly scientific and non-profit-making. It aims to support, at the international level, anthropological observation missions, publications and conferences entirely funded by the Foundation.
Researchers’ contracts will contain a clause forbidding the acquisition of artifacts, or even the acceptance of gifts, in the villages where the Foundation funds their research.
SHARING DATA COLLECTED
Information collected will be made available to the cultural agencies of countries concerned.
The information, photographs and drawings collected will be published after each survey.
These small volumes will make up a series.
The series will be published jointly with Hazan (Hachette Group), a publishing
house specialized in educational and scientific works.
Researchers will each give about ten lectures over a period of approximately two years in the auditoriums of the world’s major museums and universities. These talks will be followed by a debate and the projection of photos or films taken by the researcher in the course of her or his travels.
DECISIONS TAKEN JOINTLY WITH THE SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE
- Annual research program
- Selection of candidates for field surveys
(doctoral students or well-known scholars)
- Supervision of the publication of work completed.