For a more in depth look into specific examples of Indigenous video, and online media, follow this blog series. It is a four-part series, so keep checking this page for updates:
August 9th marks the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, started by the UN in 1994. To celebrate, we’re launching this page devoted to Indigenous media.
Many of the 370 million Indigenous people on our planet are forced to continue their fight for human rights, self-determination, reconciliation, land rights, corporate accountability, and environmental justice. Though the international community has begun to value Indigenous cultures, knowledges, and ways of life (recently the UN invited 3,000 Indigenous people to share solutions for the environmental crisis), their struggles are largely left out of mainstream media.
More and more, Indigenous activists, communities, and advocates are using mobile phones, blogging, mapping, online video, Twitter, even media art to garner international support for local struggles – something even more crucial when governments are ignoring or infringing on human rights.
This page seeks to compile videos, resources and spark debate, as well as connect geographically dispersed efforts. Help us make this a living, breathing resource by:
*Important: This is a sampling of some of the efforts we’ve come across – please add more in the comments field below.
*For more updates follow: intern Teague Schneiter on Twitter, hashtag #indigenous, and introducing new hashtag #indigenousmedia.
INDIGENOUS MEDIA ONLINE
Plateau Peoples Web Portal
Video Nas Aldeias
Mukurtu Wumpurrarni-Kari Archive
Africa and Europe to come!
SPOTLIGHT ON INTERCONTINENTAL CRY
Intercontinental Cry is an online magazine by John “Ahniwanika” Schertow (of Haudenosaunee and European descent) that provides news, videos, urgent action alerts and petitions on “the most pressing and under-reported indigenous struggles from around the world.”
The video section includes interviews, lectures, documentaries, and community-produced videos. Here are two highlights:
Soy Defensor de la Selva (I am a Defender of the Rainforest) was filmed, edited, and directed by the Sarayaku community in southern Ecuador and tells the story of how the community organised to confront an Argentinian oil company.
13 Indigenous Grandmothers is a conversation with ‘Grandma Aggie,’ the eldest living member of the Takelma Indians of southwest Oregon, about a global alliance of Indigenous elders.
PERU: WEB 2.0, PROTESTS AND SOLIDARITY
Amazonian Indians in Bagua, Peru, have been protesting President Alan Garcia’s plan to develop land belonging to Indigenous communities of the Amazon. On June 5th, violent clashes erupted between Amazonian Indians and the police resulting in injuries, deaths and the reported disappearance of hundreds of activists. Alberto Pizango, leader of Indigenous organisation AIDESEP, has called the government’s actions “genocide.” For complete coverage, see the bilingual blog Peruanista.
Since then, solidarity marches have taken place all over the world. DigiActive recently reported on a mapping campaign of the global protests started by the Chilean indigenous think-tank CEPPDI.
Donate to the Youth 4 Truth Video Camera Campaign
Follow Q’orianka on Twitter
Read More Hub blog post on Social Media and Online Technologies for Indigenous Rights in Peru
Indigenous Issues Today
Indigenous Peoples of Africa Co-ordinating Committee (IPACC)
The Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Native American Embassy
Indigenous Mapping Network
A big thanks to Sameer Padania, Priscila Néri, Caitlin Clay, and Opal Tometi for their support with this page