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· February, 2008

Stories about Indigenous from February, 2008

Jamaica: This and That

Jamaica and the World puts in her two cents’ worth on everything from a Minister being charged with fraud to the island's roller-coaster crime rate.

Taiwan: No City for Old Aborigines

The first Presidential debate powered by citizen media platform Peopo was held on Feb 24. Two candidates running for President answers 20 questions raised by citizens who use Youtube-like video...

Kuwait: A Dusty but Profitable Week

Dust storms are wreaking havoc in Kuwait. But amid the dust, there is a silver lining, with a Cabinet decision to grant an extra KD120 (US $435) monthly bonus for...

Jamaica, Haiti: Haitian Creole

“I learned many things from Felix Morisseau-Leroy and one of the most important was his commitment to the Haitian Creole language”: Geoffrey Philp posts one of the writer's poems.

Trinidad & Tobago: Cultural Preservation

“Even as we fret about the loss of our historic architecture, we are losing the architects of our history”: Blogging from Trinidad & Tobago, The Liming House writes about the...

Japan: Reactions to alleged Okinawa rape

The news last week that a U.S. Marine had allegedly raped a 14-year-old schoolgirl in Okinawa sparked various degrees of condemnation from local citizens, politicians, the government and bloggers, reigniting...

Trinidad & Tobago: Saving “Gingerbread House”

“There are so many things to be anxious or angry about in this country these days–crime, corruption, smelters, steel mills, dolphin-slaughter, traffic–that the fate of an old house may seem...

Trinidad & Tobago: Canboulay

Caribbean Beat Blog gives an account of Canboulay – “one of the foundational elements of Trinidad's modern carnival” – and is amazed to discover that “over 100 years later, with...

Ecuador: Indigenous Justice in the New Constitution

La Voz de Guamote [es] comments that “Indigenous Justice” will be included in the new Ecuadorian Constitution according to one of the delegates. and that this form of justice goes...

Guyana: Carifesta Comes Home

The Voice of the Taino People Online reports that this year's Carifesta celebration – “the region’s roving, multidisciplinary, mega arts festival will return to its birthplace – Guyana.”

Trinidad & Tobago: That Was Carnival

A “green” J'Ouvert was the extent of Nicholas Laughlin‘s Trinidad Carnival.

Guatemala: Reducing Poverty in Indigenous Communities

Indigenous groups from various municipalities in Guatemala criticize the lack of progress in reducing poverty, which is especially prevalent in these communities, writes Democracia Multicultural [es].

Trinidad & Tobago: Making ‘Mas

Mark Lyndersay posts a series of photos depicting the process of making costumes for Trinidad and Tobago Carnival.

Spreading the word about indigenous rights in Republic of Congo

indigenouspeoplecongobrazza writes about efforts to educate [Fr] Congolese about the new UN Declaration on Indigenous Rights.

El Salvador: Funes Seeking Support of Indigenous Communities

The presidential candidate for the FMLN, Mauricio Funes, is seeking the support of the indigenous communities in El Salvador. Mundo Farabundista [es] writes that Funes recently visited the town of...

Bolivia: The Festival of Alasitas

The festival of Alasitas features a diminuative and jolly character called Ekeko, who is said to bring abundance and prosperity. This event is based in the city of La Paz,...

Paraguay: Herb Market

Muna Annahas writes aboutthe traditional herb market in Asunción, Paraguay and the different uses of each.

Morocco: Couscous of the Dead

Margot the Marrakesh Mystic has a two-part piece on Couscous of the Dead.

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