EMKP is delighted to announce the recipients of the 2021 round of grants!

The programme has made 18 offers of funding – nine large grants and nine small grants. As in previous years, the competition was very high, so we want to express our warmest congratulations to the successful applicants!

These grants increase the number of countries where EMKP grantees work to 35. This year, grants have been offered to work in 17 different countries, including projects based in Europe (Albania, Slovenia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina) for the first time.

The variety of material knowledge practices covered by the projects continues to grow and the current round includes among others, island builders in Malaita (Solomon Islands), boatbuilders in Indonesia, hunter-gather material culture in Namibia, foodways and salt production in Albuquerque (Philippines), ecosystems and garden fencing in Papua New Guinea, textile and animal hide crafts in Western Mongolia, silver-smithing in Ecuador, body design in Nigeria and shoemaking in Slovenia.



Given the current situation and the impact that the Covid-19 epidemic has had on economic, social and health systems across the world, we consider that the work carried out by EMKP funded projects is now even more urgent. We are very glad to see how the EMKP grantees and applicants have been able to respond to the challenges posed by the virus to secure the wellbeing and the safety of the teams, and primarily, the communities involved in the different projects.

Once more, we would like to express our gratitude to all the applicants and congratulate the successful teams and their projects. We can’t wait to start working with them and share their future accomplishments!


Further information on the individual projects will be coming soon, meanwhile, see the list of successful projects below.


Fera i asi: Digitizing the Island Builders of the Lau Lagoon, Malaita (Solomon Islands)
PI: Dr. Geoffrey Hobbis
Collaborators: Dr. Stephanie Ketterer Hobbis, Derek Gwali Futaiasi, Lysa Wini.
Location of Research: Solomon Islands, Oceania.

Keeping the hammers’ voice alive
PI: Dr. Emilia Ferraro
Collaborators: Prof. Sandra Wilson, Gabriela Andrade Pallares, Juan F. Serrano
Location of Research: Quito, Ecuador.

Tracking through time: Documentation of the material culture of the Omaheke Ju|’hoansi, Namibia.
PI: Velina Ninkova
Location of Research: Omaheke region in east-central Namibia.

“Bo lobung”: documenting the Moken spirit poles ceremony and material knowledge
PI: Jacques Ivanoff
Collaborators: Maxime Boutry, Fabienne Galangau-Quérat, Fabienne Galangau-Quérat, Chin Maung Htway
Location of Research: Myeik Archipelago, Myanmar.

Sago Palms and Sago Landscapes
PI: Huw James Barton
Collaborators: Jayl Langub, Franklin George
Location of Research: Malaysia.

Mapping Lafkenche Foodways: Water-based Livelihoods in the land of the sea
PI: Cari Tusing
Collaborators: Hermo Antilef
Location of Research: Teodoro Schmidt District, Chile.

The Line, the Number and the Wheel of Tolai
PI: Andrew Moutu
Collaborators: Martin Maden
Location of Research: East New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

Living libraries: documenting endangered Munduruku materiality, Brazilian Amazonia
PI: Bruna Rocha
Collaborators: Fernanda Cristina Moreira, Rosamaria Santana Paes Loures, Thais Borges
Location of Research: Brazilian Amazonia.

Speaking Bodies: Documenting Uli Body Designs of the Igbo of Nigeria
PI: Tracie Chima Utoh-Ezeajugh
Collaborators: Emmanuel Ebekue, Dr. Ngozi U. Emeka-Nwobia, Akpa Peter Emenike
Location of Research: Nigeria.



Burning the bones of the earth – Documenting the traditional lime manufacturing in the region of Epirus
PI: Ioanna Ntoutsi
Collaborators: Anisa Lloja, Ignat Basha, Faidon Moudopoulos Athanasiou
Location of Research: southern Albania and northern Greece.

‘The most delicious meal is from the pot’: The production and use of hand-built ceramic vessels in Marakwet, northwest Kenya
PI: David Kay
Collaborators: Mr Timothy Kipkeu Kiprutto, Ms Helena Cheptoo, Mr Joseph Kimutai Cheptorus
Location of Research: Kenya.

The traditional production of shoes and boots in Tržič
PI: Bojan Knific
Collaborators: Suzana Kokalj
Location of Research: Slovenia.

Indonesian Boatbuilding Endangered Knowledge Project
PI: Chiara Zazzaro
Collaborators: Horst Liebner
Location of Research: South Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Documenting Garden Fencing Structures in Northern New Ireland, Papua New Guinea
PI: Graeme Were
Collaborators: Adam Kaminiel
Location of Research: Northern New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

The Bora design system: documenting the knowledge networks of designs made on bodies and objects in an Amerindian ritual.
PI: Maria Luisa Lucas
Collaborators: Bruna Torres Barros, Francy Silva Zafirekudo
Location of Research: Bora villages on the Igaraparaná River (Amazonas, Colombia), and urban settlements in the cities of Tabatinga and Leticia (Tripoint between Brazil, Colombia and Peru).

Documenting the construction of a traditional kamalig (salt-making hut): the indigenous skills and knowledge systems of an endangered craft tradition in Alburquerque, Bohol, Philippines.
PI: Andrea Yankowski
Collaborators: Dr Ana Maria Theresa P. Labrador
Location of Research: Alburquerque, Bohol, Philippines.

Documenting the material knowledge systems of the last surviving traditional potters in Bosnia-Herzegovina
PI: Mark Jackson
Collaborators: Richard Carlton, Mirsad Sijaric
Location of Research: North-central Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Nomadic Material Heritage: Documenting Textile and Animal Hide Crafts in Western Mongolia
PI: Kirsten Pearson
Collaborators: Kundiz Byekbolat
Location of Research: Western Mongolia.


Banner image: Women returning from a trip to the bush, Skoonheid resettlement farm, Namibia. Credit: Velina Ninkova.