Our Languages Matter: NAIDOC Week 2017

Poster: Joanne Cassady, Our Languages Matter NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 2017 dates: July 2-9. Theme: Our Languages Matter Hashtags: #NAIDOC2017, #NAIDOCWeek Wiradjuri woman Joanne Cassady, is the winning artist of this year’s poster competition. Get your free copy of the poster with Joanne’s artwork The …

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 …

Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, encompasses 1,218,375 acres and lies on the Colorado Plateau in the state of Arizona. It was one of the first national parks created in the United States. The canyon is 277 miles (446 kilometers) long, ranges in width from 0.25 to 15 miles (0.4 to 24 kilometers) …

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 Statement from the Heart

Artwork 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 …

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. …

A Gathering of Oaxaca’s Traditional Cooks

Photo: Melissa Biggs, Blessing Los tesoros son la gente. The treasures are the people. April 24-25 Primer Encuentro de Cocineras Tradicionales del Oaxaca (First Meeting of Traditional Cooks of Oaxaca) On Monday Oaxaca City’s Plaza de la Danza will host the First Meeting of Traditional Cooks of the Oaxaca (Primer Encuentro de Cocineras Tradicionales del Oaxaca). More than 50 cooks …

Denali National Park

Photo: Jacob W. Frank/NPS, Blyde River Canyon Sunset A few words about Denali. The mountain’s name comes from Koyukon language. The peak is the highest in North America. As of August 28, 2015 the US Department of the Interior changed the name of Mount McKinley in the State of Alaska to Denali. As to the park: …

Sierra Juárez

Photo: Ron Mader, Bosque de Ixtán For International Day of Forests, we’re making a list of my favorite forests in the world. Let’s start with Oaxaca’s Sierra Juárez, home of Guelatao San Antonio Cuajimoloyas, Ixtlán de Juárez, Santa Catarina Ixtepeji, Santa María Yavesia and Santa Catarina Lachatao What connects these communities are the forests and Indigenous histories. …