Friday. Day Five. August 10, 2018.
We are wrapping up our week-long celebration of Indigenous travel and tourism. This is Planeta.com’s eighth year of hosting this online unconference, conversations found online Twitter and Facebook and as comments and responses posted on this website.
This week we’ve enjoyed conversations with friends around the world. I have had good private chats and direct messages and there’s been an uptick in the engagement via likes, shares and retweets.
2018 might be the last year Planeta.com hosts Indigenous Peoples Week. Why? There’s not enough show-and-tell from Indigenous participants. We will continue to showcase and embed Indigenous culture and travel tips on our website. It’s an ongoing, never-ending routine of improving our coverage of responsible, conscious travel that benefits locals and visitors.
Our focus in 2019 will be on the International Year of Indigenous Languages. We are always fans of good International Years and 2019 will be a doozy.
There is a built-in interest for learning local languages even if it’s ‘hello’ and ‘thank you.’
Check our video archives for conversations about multilingualism, maternal languages and useful slang.
Question of the Day
How can we celebrate 2019, the International Year of Indigenous Languages? = ¿Cómo podemos celebrar 2019, el Año Internacional de las Lenguas Indígenas?
Encourage usage of indigenous languages in modern media, for example, in texting, emailing, apps and video games. A critical part of language revitalisation is having young people participate, and for many of them their lives revolve around their phones. Using an indigenous language on their phone would let them use it in a real world, everyday way that would greatly increase the chances of the language being used beyond only a ceremonial context with the next generation. Another advantage of this would be that it would allow learners of indigenous languages to practice their skills, even if they don’t physically live near native speakers. And unlike television, which is expensive and requires a large audience to broadcast to, texting in Navajo or Māori costs no more than the equivalent in English, making it accessible to nearly everyone.
Social Web Challenge
Facebook – Register on the Facebook event page — https://www.facebook.com/events/442260522952889. Share the event on your timeline and in relevant groups.
Facebook – Introduce your background and interest in Indigenous travel and tourism
Facebook – Upload live and recorded video
Twitter – Introduce your background and interest in Indigenous travel and tourism
Twitter – Follow others working on Indigenous cultures and timely issues
Twitter – Like and share our Twitter moment
If you are new to the social web, write down your account and password in a secure location.
Please post or tweet your contribution today.
Behind the scenes at Planeta.com – Fixing those 404 errors!
How This Works
Each day this week Planeta.com will host an online social web challenge. Next week we’ll tabulate the points and announce winners by giving kudos to those who contribute.
This conversation is free and open to everyone – Indigenous peoples and non-Indigenous peoples, those who work in travel and tourism proper and those who work on the fringes or outside traditional definitions of ‘tourism provider’ or ‘guide.’