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Stories about Indigenous

4 September 2015

The Mesoamerican Abacus That Gives Modern Calculators a Run for Their Money

Nepohualtzintzin, an abacus that was used in some Mesoamerican cultures, is still used nowadays to solve math problems as accurately as a calculator.

29 August 2015

A Week Before a Huge Vote, Demonstrators Fill Guatemala's Streets, Calling For President to Step Down

University students, peasants, families, indigenous groups, artists, cities, towns, hospitals, and more are rapidly joining calls for President Otto Pérez Molina to step down.

28 August 2015

Uncovering Attempts to Hide Oil's Footprints in Peru

This is the first part of an investigation by Convoca based on more than 1,000 environmental monitoring reports of hydrocarbons and electricity that were archived by three governments in Peru.

27 August 2015

An Indigenous Reindeer Herder Takes on Oil Giants in Siberia

Sergey Kechimov faces two years in prison, accused of threatening to kill two oil workers. He is one of the last Khanty people living near the 'sacred' Imlor Lake.

14 August 2015

This is How Michael Jackson Sounds in Quechua

14 year-old Peruvian Renata Flores Rivera's version of Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel" has been viewed more than half a million times on YouTube.

9 August 2015

Making the Culture and Language of Peru's Nomatsigenga People Accessible and Enduring

Rising Voices

The Cultural Archive of the Nomatsigenga Language and Culture promises to be a blueprint for indigenous knowledge preservation in South America.

28 July 2015

Ostula and Mexican Army Hold to Clashing Versions of Recent Attack

In Mexico, the independent investigation agency SubVersiones has published a compilation video that chronologically shows what events that took place on July 19, 2015, in the indigenous Nahua community of Santa María de Ostula. That day ended...

Destroying a Mountain: Mexican President Orders Expropriation of Native Lands for Freeway Project

A presidential decree was enough to expropriate almost 100 acres of land from the indigenous Otomi community for the construction of a new highway.

27 July 2015

Learn 40 Aboriginal Hand Signs Used to Communicate Across Western Australia’s Desert

Rising Voices

A participatory video project in Western Australia's Great Sandy Desert is teaching about hand signs used by Aboriginal women elders while teaching the Kukatja language.

23 July 2015

Shipibo Stories Pass to the Next Generation—With a Little Help From Digital Media

Rising Voices

In the Peruvian Amazon, the Chariboan Joi citizen journalism project has been training young Shipibo to digitally capture traditional stories from their elders to preserve their language and culture.

22 July 2015

Latin American Indigenous Communities Compete in the ‘Other’ Copa América

Not everyone was on board with the alternative tournament. "This is an outrageous sham," one group wrote.

21 July 2015

Mexican Army Accused of Shooting Civilians During Operation in Michoacán

Independent media reported that the Mexican Army opened fire against civilians in the indigenous community of Ostula in Michoacán state. One news outlet said a 12-year-old boy was killed.

17 July 2015

Are Countries Legally Required to Protect Their Citizens From Climate Change?

Science writer Sophia Schweitzer looks at a landmark court decision ordering the Dutch government to act faster to protect its citizens against the harmful effects of climate change.

16 July 2015

Mexican Newspaper Launches Mayan-Language Edition

Mayan is the second most important indigenous language in Mexico, spoken by about 800,000 people.

8 July 2015

The Aymara Indigenous University, a Path Towards Helping Native Communities in Bolivia

Rising Voices

A citizen journalism project provides students from the Aymara Indigenous University of Bolivia "Túpac Katari" the opportunity to write about their experiences in this unique university.

3 July 2015

A Workshop Gathers Digital Activists Revitalizing Indigenous Languages in Colombia

Rising Voices

Indigenous youth from across Colombia gathered in Bogotá to share experiences and join the network of indigenous language digital activists.

30 June 2015

Ecuador's Sarayaku People Are Preserving Their Identity Through Video

Rising Voices

Sarayaku youth in Ecuador are using new technologies to preserve their cultural identity and ancestral legends.

24 June 2015

Bolivia Greenlights Controversial Highway, Oil and Gas Extraction in National Parks

Bolivian President Evo Morales escalates the stakes in the debate over extractivism as an anti-poverty strategy.

23 June 2015

A Magazine for Bolivia's Iconic ‘Cholita’ Indigenous Women

"...perhaps it's about time to change things up so that women are the ones that have the power."

18 June 2015

A New Mesoamerican Film and Radio Festival Is Spreading the Word About Indigenous Struggles

The First Mesoamerican Community Film and Radio Festival began on June 10 in Oaxaca and will continue on to various countries in the region from later in June.

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