Gadogi origin

  • Gadogi means; selfless collaboration for the good of all!

    This is a tradition as old as mankind where people have come together to help each other achieve an individual or common goal, which would also contribute to the greater good of the community

    Originally Gadogi was practiced in villages and societies all around the world, for example to address common concerns like clearing a field or preparing a village for a storm. It could also be used to help elderly neighbors or relatives with their farming, or in the tradition of barn raising or to help build a home for a newly-wed couple.

    Besides being a way to collaborate and create together, Gadogi also played an important role of establishing one's honor and reputation in the society or group. By showing up and contributing you gained goodwill and respect from people around you. It was also a social event and working together in this way meant a chance to make new friends, have fun together and maybe even find a spouse!

    One of the most common forms of Gadogi still practiced today is when we come together to help friends when they move or when we do walk-a-thons or voluntary beach cleaning.

    A Gadogi event often ends with a party of some sort to celebrate and this also helps strengthen the community and makes people feel more closely connected.

Gadogi around the world

    • Ala-Aribba (Portugal)
      Ayni (Andees, Quechuas, Aymar)
      Barn raising (Rural North America)
      Bayanihan (Filipino)
      Bee (Colonial North America)
      Claca (Romania)
      Dugnad (Norway)
      Gadugi (Cherokee nation)
      Gotong royong (Indonesia, Malaysia)
      Harambee (Kenya, Tanzania)
      Imece (Turkey)
      Kalaka (Hungary)
      Meithal (Ireland)
      Minca (Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile)
      Moba (Serbia)
      Naffir (Sudan)
      Talgud (Israel)
      Talko (Sweden)
      Talkoot (Finland)
      Tloka (Poland)
      Toloka (Russia, Ukraine)
      Working Bee (Australia, New Zeeland)

    Origin: The word Gadogi means blessing, happiness or gift from above in Surinamese and is also inspired by the word Gadugi, used in the Cherokee language (above).


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