Proposals in Indigenous Communities

April 3, 2013

Finalist – Peru: Promoting Communication Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Produce ten podcasts, each one ten minutes in length, about the communication rights of indigenous peoples in four native languages, to be disseminated on social networks and on an international web platform, currently being constructed, dedicated to increasing the visibility of this right. Two programs will be produced for each indigenous language, two of which are Andean: Aymara and Quechua (central); and two which are from the Amazon: Shipibo and Asháninka. Additionally, two podcasts will be produced in Spanish to be circulated nationally and internationally in the Spanish-speaking world.

Finalist – Mexico: Oral and Living Traditions in San Andrés

Train young purepechan people in the use of digital cameras, audio recorders or cell phones to share via social networks and blogs: their oral literature, everyday activities, traditional parties and local landscapes. With training workshops, this project looks to promote in them, the vision of a world that tends to global communication. In one hand, the workshops will cover technical skill development; in the other hand, they’ll talk about human development, so the maintenance of identity traits and skills development is guaranteed.

April 2, 2013

Finalist – Australia: Replenish the Earth – Voices from Aboriginal Australians

Project REARTH aims to promote social justice. By training young Aboriginal participants in film and photography, this project will document stories from the original custodians of Australian land, resulting in a locally produced and locally directed series of short films and photo-essays exploring issues including land rights, cultural preservation and connection to country . The project will create a “film-photo-blog” where local Aboriginal Australians of NSW and QLD will be at the centre of social change.

Finalist – El Salvador: Yankwit Tunal (New Sun)

We are empowering young people in the management of ICT in order to promote and make visible the Nahuat language and culture. Through training workshops and alternative media, young people will learn to do interviews, videos and audios in order to document the nahuat culture. It is hoped that these young people will make up a team of young journalists who regularly motivate other young people and the local community to appreciate their culture, to reclaim the Nahuat history, and to highlight a group rarely represented in the media.

Finalist – Argentina: Communicating Our Indigenous Peasant Assembly

Provide training and equipping to the communicator team of the Asamblea Campesina Indígena del Norte Argentino-ACINA, to generate contents, that promotes exchange experiences and participation of our communities in defense of the food sovereignty, right to land and life in our territories. Using the Internet and social networks, we want to talk our struggles and proposals, sensitize at society and mobilize more youth in our communities.

Finalist – Colombia: Traditional Knowledge for Sustainable Development – Colombian Amazon

The initiative is focused on the preservation of Traditional Indigenous Ecological Knowledge (TIEK), and to use it effectively in promoting directly sustainable land use of the riverine landscape – a place where the floodplain forests, fishes, and fertile soils have sustained local people for generations. This microgrant perfectly fits in to facilitate a training in digital media to amplify the use of TIEK in community-based ecotourism and to promote their sustainable entrepreneurship online. After the training, the people and youngsters are guided and learn by doing throughout the project.

Finalist – Macedonia: Wild Herbs Exchange Network

Macedonia is a country with lush nature and a large number of medicinal herbs and teas. People that live in remote villages have a natural remedy for every ailment but they have very little contact with the rest of the world. We plan to educate these people on the importance in sharing this knowledge by exchange of information and cures using the internet. We will also ask young bloggers to photograph and write about these wild herbs. This way we also produce the first eco journalists in Macedonia that can speak for people from remote villages.

Finalist – Mexico: Dizha Kieru for SMS

We are proposing to work with a team of community FM radio operators from Dizha Kieru Radio in the indigenous Zapotec village of Talea de Castro, Oaxaca, Mexico to integrate their ongoing work, particularly as community news gatherers, with online and offline mobile-based technologies such as SMS and Twitter, taking advantage of not only the community radio station, but also the independent, community-operated GSM base-station that provides low-cost cellular service to the townspeople and an interesting platform on which to try new ideas.

Finalist – Uganda: Rise of a Voice – #TweepsHelpBududa Experience

The project proposes a unique program to identify, teach & encourage the youth from Bududa who have been affected by landslides to innovatively use social media to share their experiences, culture & calls for action for social change through citizen media training workshops and effective support systems to ensure project success in form of local content generation. The project’s ultimate goal is to create a vibrant network of a new generation who appreciate and learn from the huge success of #TweepsHelpBududa to sustain better, informed use of citizen media to share information and network.

Finalist – Fiji: Tukuni Yadua (Talking about Yadua)

Enable the indigenous community of Denimanu to share their stories which span 40 years of effort to protect Fiji's endangered Crested Iguanas; their challenges, successes and joys; and their resilience in mitigating impacts of climate change in their village and livelihoods. Through digital imagery take a “boat ride in open waters” or “walk” around the village with them and experience their unique biodiversity, culture and people. Train village youths in compiling digital videos, photographs & oral history and to conduct historical mapping of their natural resources for future planning.