Commemorating the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Today we are treated to a livestreaming event from the United Nations, 3pm New York City time webcast at commemorating the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. We also enjoyed a global tweetchat hosted by India’s The Alternative : #untravel #ipw4 Indigenous Travel Tweetchat, 8pm IST, 7:30am PDT

It’s time to say thanks to friends and colleagues who have shared some great resources via Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. The following is recommended reading for everyone interested in indigenous travel:

The Sherdukpen Tribe of Arunachal Pradesh – The North-East India Travel Blog@greenpastin

NZ Maori Tourism@DigitalMaori

Moken surin islands

Northern Arizona Native American Culture Trail

Celebrating the Sinagua

The Begun Tribe

Soligas, the tree tribe of B.R. Hills

El Chilam Balam Radio – @elChilamBalam


Buzzwords: livestreaming, tweetchat, untravel

Indigenous Wiki: Maori: The Māori are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand. The Māori originated with settlers from eastern Polynesia, who arrived in New Zealand in several waves of canoe voyages at some time between 1250 and 1300.

Te Wiki o Te Tangata Whenua (Indigenous Peoples Week), Aug 4-10 @timeunlimited @localtravels @nuttisamisiida #tekupu #ipw4

Live: International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

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Thanks for the upvotes! 2014 Indigenous Peoples Week Continues

More good news! By way of India, we are co-hosting the #Untravel Indigenous Travel Tweetchat, tomorrow at 7:30am PDT, 8pm IST. A tweetchat is simply a series of questions and answers posed on Twitter.

Also be aware that while Saturday is the  International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, the big UN celebration (with livestreaming video) takes place on Friday.

Today we’d like to repeat the social web challenges issued on Monday:

Twitter: Please introduce yourself and your interest in indigenous tourism. Don’t forget to include the #ipw4 hashtag. Please retweet the posts you find of interest to your followers.

Facebook: Please like, join and share the page Indigenous Tourism (84 likes)

Google+: Please circle, join and share the page Indigenous Tourism (10 members)

Outbounding: Something brand new this year is an extended Q&A. This particular topic now has 22 responses and 34 upvotes. (Thanks for the upvotes, everyone!)

Returning to the topic of a possible outcome of Indigenous Peoples Week: We’d love to renew or improve the Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Award. If you look at the nominees, you’re seeing a who’s who of treasured tourism offerings around the world. That said, the last go-around was back in 2010, so the awards needs a major update.

I’d also like to see if there is interest (and funding) for an award for the best online promotion from national and or local tourism organizations that promote indigenous tourism. It’s my experience that much of the promotion one finds on official sites fails to provide specific details to potential visitors. There are some good examples, so what if we were to talk up what works? I see a new and improved award having two categories: 1) individual businesses and 2) regional or national tourism authorities. Embed the awards in a series of online discussions and workshops and this time next year we could have a much more detailed celebration of indigenous tourism.

Buzzwords: engagement, friends, livestreaming, tweetchat

Indigenous Wiki: AyuukThe Ayuuk people live in the Sierra Juarez of Oaxaca. Frequently called “Mixe,” the name they call themselves is Ayuuk. Click here to see the beautiful Yakxtö’ts!

Kajpïn jayïta xyëëta (Indigenous Peoples Week), Aug 4-10 #ipw4  @nuttisamisiida @timeunlimited @localtravels

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Indigenous Tourism: Here’s the Good News! #ipw4

Hanging out Tuesday with friends from Outbounding and Transitions Abroad, I decided to be a bit provocative. Since the topic was evaluating media coverage of indigenous tourism, I asked the participants whether they were satisfied. The consensus was a clear ‘no.’ Among the problems — recycling of tired tropes and the lack of depth in travel features.

Here’s the good news. Examples of good practices and workaround solutions for travelers seeking indigenous tourism experiences outnumbered complaints.  Kudos to everyone in the hangout: Abhishek BehlEthan GelberGregory HubbsMike RobbinsNicholas Stanziano and Carlos Topete. The prognosis for future coverage was quite positive, particularly as media changes from writing about others to collaborating on the social web.

One good example is the expanded coverage of local culture from the town of Teotitlán del Valle in Oaxaca, Mexico. The Zapotec community has its own Google+ and Twitter accounts. I think this is the model for future collaboration. It’s not just foreigners (like myself!) writing about indigenous Oaxaca. There’s a place for foreigners (like myself) writing about Mexico. We just need to seek new ways to collaborate and step #1 is to seek out and interact with local indigenous voices.

Here’s another good example. Earlier this year Australia’s TEDxManly featured the presentation Keep our languages alive by Kylie Farmer. This is my choice of video of the year for anyone visiting Australia. Why? Because it asks the simple question: do you know how to say ‘hello’ in any Aboriginal languages? This video is a gamechanger. Want to interact with indigenous people? Learn how to say ‘hello.’

Buzzwords: curiosity gap, literacy, wayfinding

Indigenous Wiki: Zapotec: Zapotecs are an indigenous group in Oaxaca. Linguistic diversity fans: there are about 100 variations of the language. If you want to learn the lingo from San Jerónimo Tlacochahuaya, check out the BnZunni YouTube channel.

We are from the place that we love = Somos del lugar que amamos (Gracias @BnZunni )

Semana de Pueblos Indigenas (Indigenous Peoples Week), Aug 4-10 #ipw4  @nuttisamisiida @timeunlimited @localtravels

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Good enough? Improving coverage of indigenous tourism #ipw4

We are off to a swell start for Indigenous Peoples Week. I judge the success of an event by two factors: how surprised I am by what others share and how pleased I am by making contact with old friends. Hanging out yesterday with Anders Karrstedt, he suggested we evaluate the week by how many new participants we can coax online. I agree it’s vital that to expand indigenous tourism we need to get more people talking about this, asking questions and sharing examples. It’s all up to you.

Please remember that Indigenous Peoples Week serves multiple communities: there are localized indigenous guides, artisans, community leaders seeking tips on making tourism an effective force for economic growth. There are policy-makers and government leaders unsure on how to develop or market indigenous culture. And there are travelers who want to know about the inhabitants of the lands they wander. Logistically, how do we pull everyone into the same room?

Today’s hangout asks whether our media coverage of indigenous tourism is good enough. Personally, I am far from satisfied. Travel writers repeat too many tropes, discovering as it were indigenous peoples for the first time over and over again. Enough Columbusing! It’s time to pay attention and listen to what indigenous friends are saying. And if travelers want to be supportive, there are plenty of ways to amplify indigenous voices.

One voice I’d encourage you to listen to and amplify is the Yucatán-based @elChilamBalam which kindly translated ‘Indigenous Peoples Week’ into the local Maya language: U k’iinilo’ob wayil kaajo’obe’ or Semana de los pueblos originarios. A radio station is being developed and you can also listen to their Soundcloud is one of my favorite Mexico websites.

Specific request: Please show us something curated – a Flickr gallery, Flipboard magazine, a Pinterest album, a story on Storify, a YouTube playlist. Curate your own or share something you’ve found.

Hangout: 830am PDT Improving Media Coverage of Indigenous Tourism

Indigenous Wiki: Maya: There are an estimated 7 million Maya living in southernMexico and northern Central America at the start of the 21st century.

Buzzwords: curate, digital literacy, digital inclusion

U k'iinilo'ob wayil kaajo'obe’ (Indigenous Peoples Week) 4-10 agosto #ipw4 @elChilamBalam @nuttisamisiida @timeunlimited @localtravels @un

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2014 Indigenous Peoples Week Begins!

Has it been four years?!

Hanging out with Anders of Nutti Sámi Siida, we both expressed a certain sense of incredulity that time could have passed so quickly since we launched Indigenous Peoples Week in 2011. Back then and now, the week is a glorious attempt to use the social web to connect ourselves with indigenous culture around the world.

Indigenous Peoples Week 2014 a participant-driven event which means we look to you for presentations, slide shows, videos, podcasts and other creative means of showcasing indigenous culture. Those who are not indigenous are cordially invited to ask questions. You can also curate features and images using sites such as Pinterest or Flickr. Everyone is encouraged to solicit specific advice and tips from tourism officials. Please share what you learn.

Indigenous tour companies, artisans, cooks and other leaders are encouraged to talk up your own work and your community. This week you have a very interested audience keen on learning about your culture. If you don’t speak or write English, no worries. Communicate in your own language but please include the #ipw4 hashtag if you are tweeting on Twitter.

Immediate outcomes: For those who tweet, we will be collecting our favorite posts, curating them for features online Flipboard and Storify .

Possible outcome: We’d love to renew or improve the Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Award. Suggestions please! We’ve seen how competition for the award helped bring public awareness to the contenders and helped improve the digital literacy of the tourism companies. What are the next steps forward?

Hangout: 10am PDT Indigenous Peoples Week begins

Specific requests:

Twitter: Please introduce yourself and your interest in indigenous tourism. Don’t forget to include the #ipw4 hashtag. Please retweet the #ipw4 posts you find of interest to your followers

Facebook: Please like, join and share the page Indigenous Tourism

Google+: Please circle, join and share the page Indigenous Tourism

Outbounding: Something brand new this year is an extended Q&A. Comments and questions are welcome.

Indigenous Wiki: SámiThe Sámi people live in four countries and have no national state of their own, but the Sami flag has been flying in NorwayFinlandRussia and Sweden since 1986. The area has been populated, at least, since the last ice age and the oldest written document about Sámis is from a Roman historian that AD 98 wrote about “a fearful people in the far north that dressed in animal skins and could walk on snow (skiing)”.

Buzzwords: continuity, interaction, tourism portals, unconference

Ursprungsbefolkningarnas vecka (Indigenous Peoples Week), Aug 4-10 #ipw4  @nuttisamisiida @timeunlimited @localtravels

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August 2014 Calendar: Behind the scenes at the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort @NevStateParks @CityOfLasVegas #nv150

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Parks Inspiring Solutions Hangout (July 2014)

Tourism in parks and protected areas can be a boon to local conservation efforts or it can afflict biodiversity conservation and environmental management. Many travelers find meaningful encounters with nature in protected areas, but these wilderness fans are often at a loss when figuring out where to go and how to visit parks in other countries.On Thursday July 31 (August 1 in Asia and Oceania) is scheduling two public Google+ hangouts to discuss parks and tourism and to survey what’s new and inspiring. We will be featuring members of the Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group and previewing the NovemberWorld Parks Congress.

Thursday, July 31, 1030-1130am PDTParks Inspiring Solutions Hangout
Thursday, July 31, 430-530pm PDTParks Inspiring Solutions Hangout

Parks Inspiring Solutions G+ Hangout

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