For the 4th year in a row Planeta.com is hosting an event focusing on indigenous peoples and tourism around the world. We have partnered with friends and colleagues from the Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website Award to create the second annual Indigenous Peoples Week, August 6-12.
Our second annual celebration of social media storytelling about indigenous peoples and tourism around the world is co-hosted by Planeta.com, Nutti Sámi Siida, Guurrbi Tours, TIME Unlimitedand Nevada Magazine. Be prepared to be inspired.
Who is invited? Everyone. 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. Also, this online unconference is free.
Promotion on Planeta.com’s World Travel Directory
Planeta.com is offering a bonus (and VIP status) to businesses in our World Travel Directory which feature indigenous culture. We’ll extend the directory listing free for one month for businesses actively participating in Indigenous Peoples Week. Tour guides and companies not in the directory but which would like to support this event, may apply for a new listing.
Be Engaged: How to participate online
How do participate? Do something. Learn social media by using social media. While the conference ‘hub’ is the Planeta Wiki, it also takes place everywhere at once. If you wish to participate, you do not have to do everything, but you have to try something. Here’s a checklist of challenges to get you started.
- 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!
- Delicious: Follow the Indigenous Peoples Week Stack and suggest a link
- Facebook: Introduce yourself on the event page
- 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.
- Foodspotting: Please share photos of indigenous foods available for visitors.
- Google+: Join the event!
- Linkedin: Introduce yourself and your interest in indigenous culture on the event page
- Slideshare: Favorite the overview presentation; create a new presentation/slideshow about indigenous culture
- Twitter: Tweet about indigenous culture and please tweet about this page! Please use the hashtag #ipw2012
- YouTube: Videos please! Record your own video and introduce yourself and your interest in indigenous tourism. You can also curate a playlist to document indigenous culture and traditional knowledge. Example: 2012 Indigenous Peoples Week
- Wikipedia: Read or edit information about indigenous culture
- Planeta Wiki: Editors on this wiki are cordially invited to embed information on indigenous culture on relevant pages. Examples: Maori, Sami
Be Engaged: How to participate in the natural world
Try these suggestions all year round, but Indigenous Peoples Week is a great time to start!
- Visit a museum: Seek out museums that work with indigenous peoples.
- Buy a craft: Support indigenous artisans by purchasing an authentic indigenous craft.
- 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.