If you are just finding out about the event, have a look at the agenda which features plenty of great links curated during the week and upcoming events. These are ongoing conversations and collaborations. Thanks, everyone!
Our conversations have already begun. You’ll be the most engaged during Indigenous Peoples Week if you take an honest look at the way you use the social web today to learn about indigenous culture and options for authentic encounters and responsible travel. If you’re not using the social web to follow indigenous friends, then this week will show you how to begin. If you’re already using the social web, then you can delve deeper into the local and global scenes. You might find some photos, videos and educational resources that will inspire.
Indigenous tourism comes in many forms — from pow wows to museum visits, local meals, guided walks, presentations and lectures. Please show us what is happening in your corner of the world and please be curious and learn about cultures in other places around the world.
Participation is free and open to all. We also have VIP tickets for those who wish to support these efforts financially.
Kudos to Planeta editors for updates here and embedding indigenous culture elsewhere on this site.
Before the event …
Ask your neighbors, family, friends about indigenous tourism: What are their recommendations … questions?
On your browser, favorite or bookmark the pages that inform you about indigenous peoples
Register on the social web and set up an account on Twitter
Update your profile, avatar on the social web channels you have
Search for partners and colleagues
Monday, August 5
Please introduce yourself on Twitter
On Flickr, update your profile and avatar – aka buddy icon – and add a star to one of the posters. Bonus points if you upload photos or original poster.
What’s new in 2013?
There are some big changes for Indigenous Peoples Week 2013.
Tickets! Participation is free, but we want to give folks a chance to give back financially if you’re able. Check out the Free, Donation and VIP Tickets
Google hangouts. We will be scheduling at least one hour per day during Indigenous Peoples Week. We love the hangout as it encourages ambient, candid conversations rather than discourses or people reading out presentations word-by-word.
Collaborative Notetaking: Using Google docs we will create some collaborative documents, either transcripts of the hangouts or creating brand new proposals. For some ideas, take a look at NetHui’s use of collaborative notetaking.
Gameification. We ask participants to make learning fun via gameification. Are there respectful ways to gameify Indigenous Peoples Week? We think so and thus have created the poster contest. Museums and site specific spots that want visitors are encouraged to offer promotions for those who visit during Indigenous Peoples Week.
Controversies. One of the attributes of an unconference is that the participants set the agenda by what they do and what questions they raise. While we are not seeking out controversies, we welcome the opportunity to explore critical issues. Already we’ve seen a discussion blossom on Facebook as to whether indigenous peoples should always be capitalized ‘Indigenous Peoples.’ There’s also discussion about mining and other extractive industries.
YouTube Playlist Contest
One of our favorite forms of curation is via the selection of favorite videos on YouTube. Call it old school or call it brand new, we challenge you to create inspiring playlists focusing on indigenous culture and travel. Look for our favorite video playlists below. Poster Contest
Put your hands and heart to work. We’d love to see your handmade posters for Indigenous Peoples Week. Be creative and show us the results. Bonus bonus points for artwork in indigenous languages. Bonus bonus points if you include Indigenous Week’s QR Code!
What to do with your poster? You can add your artwork on Facebook and Flickr. Tip: If you post to Flickr, it’s easy for us to embed the widget code on this page … and we can easily see which poster is the most popular in number of views. On Flickr please use the license ‘Attribution-ShareAlike’ which allows anyone to use and remix the poster. More about licensing via creative commons.
If you cannot create your own poster, then help us out by liking, favoriting, sharing the posters. You can even print the posters and display them at local libraries, museums and stores. If you cannot create, curate!
Be Engaged: How to get outside, meet people and eat delicious foods
Try these suggestions all year round, but Indigenous Peoples Week is a great time to start! Find out if there are any special activities in your city for August 9, the
International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
Visit a museum: Seek out museums that work with indigenous peoples. Bonus points if you share photos on Flickr in the World Museums Group.
Buy a craft: Support indigenous artisans by purchasing an authentic indigenous craft. Bonus points if you share photos on Flickr in the World Crafts Group.
Take a tour: There are many indigenous guides and tour companies. Make a reservation.
Create supportive work spaces: Your workplace or school can support Indigenous Peoples Week. Support staff, students and colleagues with resources.
Schedule some indigenous language time:Allocate time for an indigenous language class.
Make a sign: Put bilingual signs up where you are – signs are a visible way of showing that indigenous languages are valued. Not so creative? Download our handsome posters and hit the streets to encourage others to join Indigenous Peoples Week from their homes, community buildings and businesses.
Tip: If you create or attend a local event relevant to indigenous peoples, let us know so we can amplify the message. Here are some ideas
Blog: If you have your own blog, share stories about indigenous culture; if you don’t have your own blog, add constructive comments to a blog of your choice!
Facebook: Introduce yourself on the event page; You can also recommend relevant groups and pages on Facebook. If you know of specific indigenous tourism operations with presence on Facebook, invite them to join Indigenous Peoples Week
Flickr: Create an account an upload a few photos of your work. Create an album like Sami Food! There are a number of relevant groups. One of our favorites is the World Crafts Group open to indigenous and non-indigenous artisans. Another fave is the World Parks Group. The point is to share tips on indigenous tourism, embedding the info within the photo description. A plus for indigenous tourism businesses is the ease of creating a widget to share Flickr photos on websites and blogs. If you want to be generous, buy a gift account for someone whose work you respect.
Linkedin: Introduce yourself and your interest in indigenous culture on the event page
Pinterest: Create or co-create an album about indigenous travel
Twitter: Tweet about indigenous culture and please tweet about this page! Ask others to invite indigenous guides and artisans.
YouTube: Record your own video and introduce yourself and your interest in indigenous tourism. If you are a tour company, show us something during the week. You can also curate a playlist to document indigenous culture and traditional knowledge. Example: 2012 Indigenous Peoples Week
Be Engaged: A guide for everyone
There’s something for everyone to engage in responsible indigenous tourism. Whether you’re indigenous or non-indigenous, a tour guide or traveler, museum curator or museum visitor, here are some things you can do:
Bloggers, Journalists, Guidebook Authors and Publishers – Ask questions that you’d like answers. Afterwards, please keep us updated on how you are using the information. Let’s embed responsible indigenous travel in media features. Conference organizers – If you are holding an event that features indigenous culture, consult with local indigenous communities and co-create relevant background information and practical tips for visitors. Government officials – Prepare blogs, tweets, flickr albums and Slideshare presentations about your work in indigenous travel. Museum directors – Print and display the conference posters, host local events and please announce your work via our Facebook and Google+ event pages Sponsors – Contact Ron if you’d like to help financially support new publications, resource guides and workshops. Students – Share news with your teachers and classmates. Print out the free posters for your classroom or academic notice board; make your own posters and please share online!
Teachers – Share news with your students and colleagues. Print out the free posters for your classroom or academic message board; make your own posters and share online! Travel companies, guides, hotels, restaurants – Add photos to Flickr, videos to YouTube and show us specific examples of your work; print the free posters for your business; create your own poster; offer discounts to visitors who mention Indigenous Peoples Week; encourage your clients to use social web to provide testimonials of what you do well; tweet about specific actions and provide links where we can find details
Request Editors – please help clarify the text and translate the info on this page; update other pages on our site.
In Oaxaca the local translation for QR Code is called a Codigo de Respuesta Rapida. How do you translate ‘QR Code’ in other languages?
This online unconference is free. The objective is two-fold: to raise awareness of indigenous tourism options around the world and to improve digital literacy skills among the indigenous tourism providers themselves.
Use social web to curate and share stories of starting up, collaborating and developing new initiatives. Curate has been a one of the key buzzwords as in ‘If you can’t create, curate.’
Become online conference fit by registering for social web channels. Create your own materials. Also, be generous. Applaud the work of others who inspire. Have fun.
Show us a future we can literally share.
Financial sponsors are welcome to further the dialogue through innovative workshops and road trips. We are thinking of developing a concurrent kickstarter campaign. Please contact Ron Mader if you’d like to collaborate.
Ron Mader: “One thing I’ve learned from Oaxaca, Mexico is that anything worth celebrating for one day is worth celebrating a week or more! Indigenous Peoples Week honors August 9, the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People. For non-indigenous people like myself, this week is a ticket to understanding the world’s diverse cultures. It’s time to take stock of the number of indigenous voices that reach our eardrums. The social web is used by indigenous peoples and visitors alike so we invite friends to share stories that inspire and educate us all.”
Anders Kärrstedt: “Indigenous Peoples Week tests our abilities to see what’s possible in terms of sharing information online in a timely manner. Hopefully we will share a lot of information about indigenous peoples worldwide.”
We want Indigenous Peoples Week to be fun. Keep an eye on this page as we figure out some incentives for participants. We’ll use the gameification model as a start. For indigenous tourism businesses, artisans and museums, you might want to offer a discount or promotion. For participants who want visible recognition of their contributions, we offer a certificate of participation. If there other incentives that would motivate you to get stuck into Indigenous Peoples Week, let us know.
The # of views for the 2013 Indigenous Peoples Week #Slideshare presentation has climbed to 30,480 just above Indigenous Peoples Week 2012! http://www.slideshare.net/planeta/presentations?order=popular
Ron Mader: I am satisfied if the numbers increase year-by-year. The screenshots at the end of the presentation are the most fun to collect. This year we saw some amazing Maori performances from New Zealand by way of the livestreaming Te Matahini. What I would love to see in 2014 are explicit connections of indigenous art and culture AND responsible, conscious travel. Then we all benefit!
Announcement (in English, Spanish, Swedish and German)
Empfehlen Sie uns Beiträge: interessante und lehrreiche Videos, Podcasts, Webseiten und Online-Quellen.
Die Woche der Indigenen Völker präsentiert Beispiele für einen Tourismus, der der indigenen Kultur positiv genutzt hat. Dabei werden die Teilnehmer des Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website Award vorgestellt.
Wer Interesse hat, sich als Partner an der Unkonferenz zu beteiligen, kann Planeta.com Gründer Ron Mader kontaktieren.
Planeta Redakteure and conference partners sind aufgefordert, wichtige Ressourcen auf dieser Webseite zu aktualisieren.
Organize a local walk focusing on indigenous culture.
How to Participate if you are busy this week
Remember this is an going conversation.
Join us before and after Indigenous Peoples Week as we curate relevant resources
Use social web to prepare presentations or to favorite/like/thumbs up indigenous tourism resources
Organize a local event at your convenience
How much time will take this?
15 minutes – Consult this page for updates
1 hour – Read and view more online resources; Comment, Favorite, Like, Star resources that inspire you
2-3 hours – Visit a local indigenous business; learn about indigenous culture in another part of the world
Indigenous Peoples Week is open to posts in multiple languages. We encourage the use of audio and video to document the culture in the local vernacular. Record a conversation with an indigenous friend. We would like to challenge participants to have a discussion with someone whose native language you don’t understand!
Tips: Try something new.
Tips: Try reading information in a different language. We encourage the use of Google Translate. It’s not perfect but it will help expand your frames of reference.
Levels of Engagement
We have come up with five simple levels of engagement that apply to successful participation. If you want to be engaged, be attentive, be creative, be generous, be curious and be empathetic.
Be attentive: Go outside, visit a museum, learn about indigenous culture. Do stuff!
Be creative: Use the social web to share stories and ask questions. Make something! Examples: Make a Flickr gallery (example) or Pinterest album. Upload a video to YouTube or presentation to Slideshare.
Be generous: Add stars to other people’s photos or make a gallery of your faves, like comments on Facebook, give a thumbs up to videos on YouTube and have a heart by favoriting the Indigenous Peoples Week presentation on Slideshare. Plus +1 the post on Google+. When in doubt how to be generous, just be kind!
Be curious: Be open to examples of indigenous tourism where you were not necessarily looking. Let your curiosity surprise you. This might be in your own country or in the place where you are planning a vacation.
Be empathetic: Extend your compassion to what and who you see.
Misc: Contests or Ranking
Favorite government working toward indigenous tourism.
Favorite directory of indigenous tourism services.
Survey: Which indigenous group would you like to visit?
Survey: Which indigenous group would you like to learn some language?
Translating: Indigenous Peoples Week
English: Indigenous Peoples Week
Swedish: Ursprungsbefolkningarnas vecka
German: Die Woche der indigenen Völker
Spanish: Semana de los Pueblos Indígenas
Ayuuk: Kajpïn jayïta xyëëta (Santa María Ocotepec, Oaxaca)
Estonian: Põlisrahvaste nädal
Finnish: Alkuperäiskansojen viikko
Hungarian: Bennszülöttek hete
Udmurt: Выжы калыкъёслы сизем арня
Maori: Te Wiki o Te Tangata Whenua
Russian: неделя коренных народов
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Why is Indigenous Peoples Week celebrated in August?
The United Nations’ International Day of the World’s Indigenous People is observed on August 9 to promote the rights of the world’s indigenous population. We wrap our week around this day.
Why an unconference? What’s an unconference?
We have chosen the format of an unconference — a facilitated, participant-driven conference centered on a specific theme — in order to catalyze a global conversation so that lessons can be shared around the world. This also allows us to co-create an event with a minimum budget. The organizers are volunteering their time and no charge is made of participants.
Who are indigenous peoples?
Anders Kärrstedt: Ethnic groups who are native to a land or region, especially before the arrival and intrusion of a foreign and possibly dominating culture. They are a group of people whose members share a cultural identity that has been shaped by their geographical region. A variety of names are used in various countries to identify such groups of people, but they generally are regarded as the “original inhabitants” of a territory or region.
What is indigenous tourism?
Indigenous tourism can be a guided trek, a meal, a night spent in an indigenous home or a visit to a museum or a performance. It can be 100% manufactured or 100% authentic. What makes indigenous tourism responsible travel is when the locals and visitors are treated with mutual respect.
How has the awareness of indigenous tourism changed in the past ten years?
Awareness of indigenous tourism has matured in the past decade. Irresponsible actions — exploitation — are frequently headline news and the focal points of campaigns. However the promotion of indigenous tourism options has not enjoyed similar popularity, leaving visitors and locals alike with the notion that there is much to be wary and little to cheer for. That said, the intention of Indigenous Peoples Week is catalyze a productive conversation (and hopefully some real-time reservations) that support indigenous tourism. This is a call to action and we hope that Indigenous Peoples Week provides the needed wake-up call.
How can we evaluate the success of Indigenous Peoples Week?
We’d like this celebration to gently nudge everyone forward. We’ll keep track of the number of participants who join and participate (aka engage!) via the social web. We’ll highlight what participants bring forward on this page and ask everyone to rate or rank their favorites. We’ll continue to count the number of views on the Slideshare presentation and encourage participants to comment and to upload their own presentations and documents. We’ll work with guides and companies featured in Planeta.com’s World Travel Directory and help articulate their connections to the indigenous world. We will also add links to media features and blogs, youtube videos and slideshare presentations that mention Indigenous Peoples Week. It’s all about building a buzz that benefits us all. Can we improve upon last year’s Indigenous Peoples Week? That’s our goal!
What are the benefits of participating in Indigenous Peoples Week?
Compassion. Education. A renewed sense of wonder. That said, what you get out of this unconference depends on what you invest and how you collaborate.
How do I get the most out of Indigenous Peoples Week?
Be specific with your goals. And prepare to follow through throughout the month of August. You will have to structure a routine that works for you. If you are not able to check out the posts on our Facebook and Google+ event pages, if you do not have time to watch the videos, then chances are you’re not going to get that much out of our unconference.
What do you expect from IPW partners?
Some promotion, announcements before the week begins and perhaps a hangout or few before and during IPW3. Partners are invited but not obliged to help edit. Partners are encouraged but not obliged to hold a local physical event during the week. We appreciate any social web tips/examples that help explain social web channels used to catalyze communication, ala ‘Here’s how to make use of YouTube’ or ‘Here are indigenous tourism champions of the Northern Territory.’
August 6 Message for Partners
August 6, 2013
Las Vegas, Nevada
Greetings and Saludos
We are in the middle of Indigenous Peoples Week and I want to express my deepest thanks for your participation. This is our third year and in my view, it’s getting easier to bring very complicated issues to the table. Thank you for helping us broaden and deepen this subject.
As I see it, Indigenous Peoples Week is a week-long spotlight for a year-long or life-long topic of interest. The primary objective for partnering is to find ways to collaborate and share beyond this week.
That said, there are some things you can do over the next few days:
6) Propose new hangouts. If the 730am Nevada time does not work for you on Thursday and Friday, give me some options. If we can’t schedule something this week, let’s do something next week.
7) Start writing new blogs, features about the topics that interest you. I’d be happy to host collaborative essays on Planeta aimed at 1) indigenous tour providers and 2) visitors. I love the Top 10 for Indigenous Tourism options in Oaxaca – could we create something similar for Nevada? Or Sweden? Or New Zealand?
8) Use email and let colleagues know about Indigenous Peoples Week. It’s not too late to introduce the topic to those working in the field, to journalists and to policymakers. Connecting the local to the global is easiest when you make personal recommendations.
9) Upload new YouTube videos. Take us somewhere. And please, share the link via the social web and the #ipw3 hashtag.