- Task: Build a web presence for the community of Boruca, Costa Rica
- Client: Los Indigas Brunka
- Tools used: Photoshop, Coda, Final Cut X
- Accolades: Featured on UNCtv and the Smithsonian Institute for Native American Studies
- AEJMC Best of the Web – 3rd Place
During the month of January 2012, I went with a group of students to document the lives of a remote tribe of Native Americans in Boruca, Costa Rica. The experience was truly unique and as such we tried to build a website for them that could match their special nature. My role was specifically to man a camera and to build the site, which runs on a custom-built WordPress theme. With the help of my teammates, I think that we managed to do a great job of representing this unique people and culture.
Though the site is rich with content, images and video, we built it in such a way that it would load quickly even on slower-speed connections as our target demographic was Costa Ricans and Central Americans who may not have reliable Internet service. The site is built out into two versions, one in Spanish and one in English. In the future, we hope to create a mobile version of the site, as a large portion of Central Americans access the Internet via mobile devices.
The site has been featured at the Smithsonian Museum of Native Peoples and on UNCTV’s Carolina Now program.