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· January, 2010

Stories about Indigenous from January, 2010

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Australia: An Australia Day of Celebration and Protest

  27 January 2010

Celebrated on January 26, this year's Australia Day was characterized by an increase of flag-waving patriotism. However, the day was also commemorated with the Great Australian Internet Blackout, where Australians protested the government's plan for an internet filter.

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Nigeria: Bloggers discuss the massacre in Jos

  26 January 2010

On January 17th, violence erupted in the central Nigerian city of Jos. In the following hours, reports of the conflict spread as witnesses reported mobs armed with knives and machetes roving among burning houses, mosques, and churches. The conflict is ostensibly sectarian: Jos is a major city along Nigeria's “Middle Belt” – the fault line which divides the country's Christian-majority south from its Muslim-majority north.

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Chile: Modern Day Human Rights for the Mapuche

  25 January 2010

The Museum of Memory in Chile documents human rights abuses during the Pinochet dictatorship. During its inauguration, 2 Mapuche women interrupted President Bachelet's speech, reminding the country that there are still present-day concerns for human rights in their indigenous community.

Jamaica, Haiti: Using the Language

  25 January 2010

Jamaica's Active Voice says: “Trust the Brits to do the right thing. While our newswomen and men are contorting their mouths reproducing peculiar versions of the Queen's English, British broadcasters are broadcasting to Haitians in their mother tongue–Kreyol.”

Haiti: Power of Music

  17 January 2010

Repeating Islands recognizes that music by Haitian artists is making a difference on to survivors of the ‘quake, inspiring resilience and strength.

Taiwan: How the Puyuma people started Year 2010

  13 January 2010

The Puyuma tribe is one of the indigenous groups in Taitung County along Taiwan’s East Coast. The Nanwang Village, the leading village of this tribe, holds the Monkey Ceremony and Hunting Rite in December and starts the new year with the Annual Ritual.

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