Indigenous Tweets, Visible Voices & Technology

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UNESCO estimates that of the 6,000 current languages spoken today, more than half will be extinct by the start of the next century, adding that "with the disappearance of unwritten and undocumented languages, humanity will lose not only a cultural wealth, but also important ancestral knowledge embedded, in particular, in indigenous languages." These languages require urgent intervention. In many remote locations, only a handful of speakers remain. There is also a growing movement where communities are recognizing the value of maintaining their native language despite internal and external pressures. Online media and web 2.0 tools hold immense possibilities for the inclusion of indigenous people in the online conversation and in democratic processes that start with the simple exercise of a person’s right to express themselves using the tools available to them. These tools have have a significant potential for cultural preservation and identity formation of young indigenous people.

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Indigenous Tweets, Visible Voices & Technology

  1. 1. Wednesday, March 13, 13
  2. 2. Why this panel? To raise awareness of the importance of language revitalization, cultural inclusion and localization Widen the network of academics, practitioners, educators, civic society, technologists, journalists and others doing this work Brainstorm ways to collaborate further To show examples of the tools we use are using for language revitalization, cultural preservation and identity formation of, especially, youngWednesday, March 13, 13
  3. 3. Presenters Kara Andrade @newmaya Co-founder HablaCentro.Com Maite Goñi @euskaljakintza Lecturer, Mondragon Unibertsitatea Peter Rohloff @wuqukawoq Medical Director, Maya Health Alliance Kevin Scannell @IndigenousTweet Professor, Saint Louis UniversityWednesday, March 13, 13
  4. 4. The Big PictureWednesday, March 13, 13
  5. 5. The Big PictureWednesday, March 13, 13
  6. 6. Endangerment & Revitalization Of 7105 living languages, 2473 are endangered according to UNESCO; half may be extinct by the start of the next century. Hundreds of language groups around the world are working to revitalize and even revive their languages.Wednesday, March 13, 13
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  10. 10. Quote "As people of nations and cultures, we need to speak our languages. In order to stop them from dying, we only need to speak them: in our homes, to our children, to each other, on our land. It will redefine who we are, and it will be the single largest act of defiance we can make today towards a past that tried to kill us off."Wednesday, March 13, 13
  11. 11. Peter Rohloff, Medical Director peter@mayahealth org www.mayahealth.oWednesday, March 13, 13
  12. 12. www.wikipedia.orgWednesday, March 13, 13
  13. 13. Radio IxchelWednesday, March 13, 13
  14. 14. Radio IxchelWednesday, March 13, 13
  15. 15. CD ROM “round storage thing” seteyakb’äl Active Window “open four-cornered thing” jaqäl kajtz’ïk Binary “zero-one” wajun File “storage” yajb’älWednesday, March 13, 13
  16. 16. Maya RadioWednesday, March 13, 13
  17. 17. Maya RadioWednesday, March 13, 13
  18. 18. WachwujWednesday, March 13, 13
  19. 19. WachwujWednesday, March 13, 13
  20. 20. Maite Goñi Maite Goñi (@euskaljakintza) has a degree in Basque Philology from the University of Deusto and another in English Philology from the UPV-EHU. She is currently a lecturer at Mondragon Unibertsitatea (working in the field of ICT in education) and a teacher at Jakintza Ikastola in Ordizia (teaching Basque Language and Literature).Wednesday, March 13, 13
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  47. 47. Kara Andrade, Journalist & Co-Wednesday, March 13, 13
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  49. 49. Websites Run LocallyWednesday, March 13, 13
  50. 50. I was born in a town called Bananera in the northeastern part of Guatemala.Wednesday, March 13, 13
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  54. 54. “I want you to tell our story, your story – here use this camera.”Wednesday, March 13, 13
  55. 55. When my pictures were gone, my mother gave me a pen and pad of paper and said: “Write it!”Wednesday, March 13, 13
  56. 56. AuthorshipWednesday, March 13, 13
  57. 57. Now I teach people to tell their stories from anywhere...Wednesday, March 13, 13
  58. 58. Sometimes people use cellphones to tell their stories.Wednesday, March 13, 13
  59. 59. In Central America there are more than 35 million cellphone users Guatemala is #4 in the Telecom sector in Latin America The Superintendency of Telecommunications (SIT) cited there were almost 19.8 million registered mobile users in Guatemala as of JuneWednesday, March 13, 13 2012
  60. 60. There are more cellphones than people!Wednesday, March 13, 13
  61. 61. Other times people tell their story by radio. Movement of Radio Stations in The National Guatemala– with 168 radio stations and 1600 volunteers– uses cellphones to air local broadcasts in their own indigenous languages.Wednesday, March 13, 13
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  64. 64. Sometimes they use video.Wednesday, March 13, 13
  65. 65. Chajul goes to the pollsWednesday, March 13, 13
  66. 66. Chajul goes to the pollsWednesday, March 13, 13
  67. 67. Indigenous voter in ChajulWednesday, March 13, 13
  68. 68. Indigenous voter in ChajulWednesday, March 13, 13
  69. 69. Sometimes they blog from an internet cafe. Affordab le Accessib le LocalWednesday, March 13, 13
  70. 70. But you always meet people where they’re at. Training Tools Opportu nitiesWednesday, March 13, 13
  71. 71. Localized TechnologyWednesday, March 13, 13
  72. 72. Localized Content Management Systems All web packages built on Ruby on Rails Most of the packages originate from Erik Sundelof’s blog platform SimpleBlog All cellphone applications are only available on Android Extensive multi-lingual support for all packages Web: Spanish, English, Kaqchikel Android: Spanish, English Large focus is on fast page loads, lightweight pages, efficient HTML & CSS Strong emphasis on community-driven developmentWednesday, March 13, 13
  73. 73. Simple Blog www.simpleblog.su ndelof.com Lightweight blogging platform that natively comes with extensive language support Designed for developing and low bandwidth countries Tightly integrated with Facebook and Twitter Full support for collaborative translations of all contentWednesday, March 13, 13
  74. 74. HablaGuate www.hablaguate.co m More secure - contributions are anonymous by default Localized language support Built-in messaging between contributors Editorial flow, multi-website flow Customized modules Integration with HC Messaging CMS Integration of social sitesWednesday, March 13, 13
  75. 75. Simple Election (VOZZ) Based on Simple Blog: www.simpleblog.sundelof.com Available in Kaqchikel, Spanish and English Simple to use any other languages Complete integration with YouTube Direct to allow videos in your native language Native support for text message submissionsWednesday, March 13, 13
  76. 76. Simple Conference www.github.com/ eriksundelof Based on Simple Blog: www.simpleblog.sundelof.com Support for Kaqchikel, Spanish and English Simple to use any other languages Native support for text messages Complete donation flow and registration payments through PayPay Native support for yearly conferencesWednesday, March 13, 13
  77. 77. The End?Wednesday, March 13, 13
  78. 78. The End?Wednesday, March 13, 13
  79. 79. Not Quite...Wednesday, March 13, 13
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  81. 81. Q&AWednesday, March 13, 13
  82. 82. Shortened Survey Leave feedback about our session here: www.sxsw.tv/cuhWednesday, March 13, 13

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