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Stories about Indigenous

An activist's effort to put his native language Dagbani on the digital map

"The representation of multiple languages online is one way to ensure that all the different ways of seeing the world by different people are captured and well-preserved."

The legacy of Bolivia's El Mallku: ‘Self-governance is fundamental’ for indigenous peoples

"The majority of the indigenous people believe that El Mallku—Felipe Quispe—transcended his life by fighting for his people."

Digital discourse: How going online is keeping Kadazan and other indigenous languages alive in Borneo

"The indigenous languages don’t have to stay in dusty cabinets. We can use technology to have our languages and cultures available online."

Should there be Shona-language versions of Google and social media sites? This Zimbawean technologist says yes

"Native speakers should be at the forefront of researching and producing these tools as they better understand their own language."

For stateless and scattered Tibetans, a new online tool helps voters make an informed choice

The reliable online platform, created by a group of Swiss Tibetans, allows candidates and voters to communicate effectively, and although it overcame some challenges, others are work in progress.

China’s Xinjiang-cotton debacle unleashed fierce patriotism and ethnic policy support

China has mobilized online patriots to support the use of Xinjiang cotto, arguing that allegations of forced labour along with other human rights violations are false information

Ghanaian digital activist pushes for more online visibility for the Dagbani language

Sadik Shahadu: "Even though there are offline Dagbani resources and learning materials in most public libraries in some schools from the north, getting access to them is somehow difficult."

Digital resources are the key to saving the ‘definitely endangered’ Nepalbhasa language

Community efforts recently led to the launch of an online dictionary containing close to 30,000 entries, making it the largest repository of linguistic data for the Nepalbhasa language to date.

How a Salvadoran artist teaches Nawat to empower transgender people

A two-spirit theatre troupe celebrates the members’ indigenous ancestors, and themselves as transgender people, through language and art.

The watchtower on the mountain of Dagestan's indigenous languages

Kaitag, a language variant of the Dargwa family, is spoken in Dagestan's mountainous villages, but has a limited digital presence. Digital activists like Magomed Magomedov are working to change this.

Group's report to Biden administration seeks commitment to human rights and democracy in Brazil

The document was compiled by a network of Brazilians and Americans living in the US, gathering policy topics directly affected by the Trump administration's relationship with Brazil's Bolsonaro

Global Voices to collaborate with UNESCO on a digital activism toolkit for promoting languages online

A new Rising Voices-UNESCO project will be co-designed with networks of language digital activists to share best practices and strategies to overcome existing challenges.

A plan to allow logging in Cameroon’s biologically rich Ebo Forest was halted, but the area remains vulnerable

“Here you have the trees, the gorillas and chimpanzees. Our parents are buried there. We have our sacred places...,” laments a local chief resisting the exploitation of Ebo forest.

Updating Uyghur: The power of online discussions for language preservation

Though spoken by over 10 million people, the Uyghur language is struggling to adapt to modern life and overcome heavy censorship and language elimination in China

Canadian, US cannabis corporations threaten Colombia's indigenous communities

'Monocrops, mining exploitation and other projects break the equilibrium of our health, culture, spirituality on Misak territory.'

Indigenous-led telecommunications organization wins historic legal battle in Mexico

The Indigenous-led telecommunications organization can continue to provide affordable cell phone access to local communities in Oaxaca.

A hip-hop band plays exclusively on traditional instruments to forge a new Kazakhstani identity

An experimental musical project is trying to reverse the widespread disregard for rural traditions by taking contemporary music and performing it on traditional instruments.

Which colonial statues are being torn down in Latina America?

For many, destroying statues is another way to demolish, symbolically, the ideas of oppression, slavery and colonialism.

First Nations artist explores ‘indigenous futurisms’ in his Woodland-style work

"I was given a key that had unlocked the door to exploring futuristic indigenous concepts within my own mind, and more imaginative concepts as a whole."

To revitalise their ‘severely endangered’ language, Gitxsan internet users get creative

The Indigenous Gitxsan language is under siege, but by harnessing the very technology that threatens to erase it, one Facebook Group, Gitxsan Got Talent, is renewing interest in the language.

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