Sharing Cultures on the Social Web

Photo: Fire-Breathing Mantis, Las Vegas Planeta.com’s director Ron Mader presented four workshop sessions under the rubric of Sharing Cultures on the Social Web, introducing examples from around the world of cultural conservation using the social web at the Native Innovation Educational Technology Conference (June 22-23). What does the title allude? Sharing in terms of generosity and in terms of …

Matariki

Matariki is a distinctly New Zealand tradition. Matariki is the Māori name for the stars also known as the Pleiades star cluster in the constellation Taurus. Celebrations begin on the day of the first new moon following the rising of the star cluster. In 2017 the Matariki star cluster rose in New Zealand skies on …

Teotitlán del Valle

Photo: Masked Mexico – Walk with the Weavers and spend time in the Place of the Gods. The Zapotec community of Teotitlán del Valle (elevation: 1,670 meters or 5,500 feet) is world-famous for production of colorful weavings (laadi in the local language). Natural World In the Náhuatl language of the Aztecs, the name of the …

Darrick Baxter

Looking forward to meeting Darrick Baxter of Ogoki Learning (@ogoki) at this week’s Native Innovation Education Technology Conference. Here is his presentation, How Technology is Saving Native Tribe Languages, from TEDxWinnipeg: Quotes 08:50 The next time you’re looking at your smartphone, why not download an app and learn how to speak in a new way? Key …

Australia’s National Reconciliation Week 2017

May 27-June 3 is National Reconciliation Week in Australia. Hashtag: #NRW2017 Twitter @RecAustralia http://www.reconciliation.org.au/nrw/events Each year National Reconciliation Week (NRW) celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. The theme for NRW 2017 is ‘Let’s take the next steps’ This National Reconciliation Week reflects on two significant …

Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory According to the spiritual beliefs of the Anangu People, the traditional owners of Uluru, there are many important sites around Uluru that are sacred or secret significance. Because of this, the Anangu ask visitors to show respect and not climb Uluru. Visitors are permitted to walk around …

Uluru Statement from the Heart

May 26, 2017 This past week the National Constitutional Convention took place in Uluru, NT, Australia. Key Links: https://www.referendumcouncil.org.au https://www.referendumcouncil.org.au/event/first-nations-regional-dialogue-in-uluru https://twitter.com/ref_council Uluru Statement from the Heart from the First Nations National Constitutional Convention We, gathered at the 2017 National Constitutional Convention, coming from all points of the southern sky, make this statement from the heart: …

Uluru Hosts Aboriginal and Indigenous Meeting

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander delegates will meet for a convention at Uluru. The meeting follows months of dialogue around Australia convened by the Referendum Council. Delegates will be looking to reach agreement on a preferred model for recognition of Aboriginal and Indigenous peoples of Australia in the constitution. The convention takes place May 23-26. …

Paiute

Paiute refers to three closely related groups — the Northern Paiute of California, Idaho, Nevada and Oregon; the Owens Valley Paiute of California and Nevada; and the Southern Paiute of Arizona, southeastern California and Nevada and Utah. The Northern Paiute call themselves Numa (sometimes written Numu); the Southern Paiute call themselves Nuwuv or Nuwii; both …