Latest posts by Eddie Avila from July, 2017
In the Depths of the Ecuadorian Amazon, Digital Communications Aid the Process of Self-Determination
Residing within the southern part of Ecuador’s Amazon region, the approximately 1,200-strong Kichwa community of Sarayaku have drawn international attention for their battles over land and indigenous rights—battles that have relied on worldwide support. Since 1996, when the Ecuadorian government gave concessions for exploration and extraction to corporations without consultation...
"...for many years we have been and continue to be an oral-based culture, but as a survival strategy we consider that it is important to build a written code."
During British colonization of Tasmania which began in the early 1800s, the Aboriginal people living on the island located to the south of Australia’s mainland not only suffered loss of life, but also loss of their languages. Between six and 12 Tasmanian Aboriginal languages are estimated to have disappeared because few families from the different...
The music videos for popular songs translated into minority languages can create spaces for joy, solidarity, and pride—as well as scorn, social divisions, and nationalism.
"What is it like to speak to an audience that is not understanding your language?"