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:
•Sharing relevant blogs, videos, twitter feeds, and resources on groups using media for change
•Watching, sharing and posting Indigenous media
•Taking action - see resources on this page
*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
Free internet video portal for global Indigenous media (by Igloolik Isuma)
Online TV from global Indigenous advocacy group Survival
Plateau Peoples Web Portal
Online archive and platform for open curation and distribution of cultural materials.
Video Nas Aldeias
Online video portal by and for Indigenous groups in Brazil
Online forum to showcase the work of remote Indigenous filmmakers
Mukurtu Wumpurrarni-Kari Archive
Digital archive by the Warumungu community in Tennant Creek, Northern Territory Australia
Online Media Archive of Warlpiri Media Association
Video sharing site with a dedicated channel for Indigenous media
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.
GLOBAL CRISIS MAP - an upcoming world map of pressing Indigenous struggles.
Take action and stay connected: follow Intercontinental Cry on Twitter or via RSS
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.
Hollywood actor Q'orianka Kilcher (of Quechua and Swiss descent) has started the organisation On-Q Initiative, which is asking for donations of video cameras to distrbute to youth in the Peruvian Amazon.
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
Contemporary debates and resources
Indigenous Peoples of Africa Co-ordinating Committee (IPACC)
Network of 150 Indigenous organisations in 20 African countries focused on advocacy
Censored News and Blog Radio
Indigenous and human rights news
The Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples
(by Amnesty International - Canada)
The only international organisation supporting tribal peoples worldwide
Twitter Groups: Indigenous
"Social justice, news, and updates concerning Indigenous peoples"
"Making sure you stay informed of Indigenous News and other critical issues"
Native American Embassy
"Bridging Nations, Peoples, Cultures & Traditions"
Indigenous Mapping Network
"A dynamic, supportive, professional network for Indigenous/Native American/First Nations/Tribal/Aboriginal map and GIS enthusiasts"
TAKE ACTION on International Day of the World's Indigenous People:
A big thanks to Sameer Padania, Priscila Néri, Caitlin Clay, and Opal Tometi for their support with this page