Gabriel Coddou

Ashoka Fellow
Chile
Fellow Since 1996
Ashoka commemorates and celebrates the life and work of this deceased Ashoka Fellow.
This description of Gabriel Coddou's work was prepared when Gabriel Coddou was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1996.
Introduction
In indigenous communities in southern Chile, Gabriel Coddou is organizing children's choral groups that present songs in their native language's in festivals and concerts throughout the country. In addition to developing the musical talents of their participants, the choral groups are playing important roles in preserving languages and cultures at risk of extinction, building the self-esteem and confidence of the children and their families, reinforcing their commitments to education, reactivating participation in community endeavors and combating discrimination by exposing the broader society to the cultures and talents of indigenous people.
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