Mapuche International Solidarity Network is a blog that seeks to inform, assist and connect with the Mapuche struggle and the political movement. The authors of this blog are helping local communities to make media, (videos and music) and share it on the Web.
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Global voices: is a community of more than 300 bloggers and translators around the world who work together to share reports from blogs and citizen media of people who are not ordinarily heard in international mainstream media. Its goals are:
• Aggregate, curate, and amplify the global conversation online. Through the site, they develop tools, institutions and relationships that will help all voices, everywhere, to be heard.
• Call attention to the most interesting conversations and perspectives emerging from citizens’ media around the world by linking to text, photos, podcasts, video and other forms of grassroots citizens’ media.
• Facilitate the emergence of new citizens’ voices through training, online tutorials, and publicizing the ways in which open-source and free tools can be used safely by people around the world to express themselves.
• Advocate for freedom of expression around the world and protect the rights of citizen journalists to report on events and opinions without fear of censorship or persecution.
Aboriginal Media Lab
Aboriginal Media Lab (AML) is an organization that intends to explore the aboriginal expression through media. It’s aim is to “promote aboriginal leadership and excellence in today’s knowledge-based economies” through the implementation of projects related to cultural expression of aboriginal groups and the promotion of aboriginal research methodologies. Their goals are:
- “to create an environment for Aboriginal research that recognizes and promotes Aboriginal research methodologies and purpose, as well as Aboriginal knowledge and knowledge systems
- to undertake research that will make a positive difference in media production and broadcasting, re: Aboriginal history media, storytelling and aesthetics
- to develop and mentor Aboriginal researchers and future scholars in the field of media and history
- to build and validate Aboriginal intellectual strategies and methods
- to create interface between Aboriginal academics and Aboriginal producers and broadcasters,
- to build relationships and on-going collaboration
- to apply the research to developing other models of media production on topics related to Aboriginal history”.
Azkintuwe is a newspaper that develops journalism from Mapuche Nation with a multicultural perspective. It is a network of journalists who address topics related to social activity, cultural, economic and political development of the Mapuche people in particular and the peoples in general. This newspaper is based on democracy and the right of peoples to communicate. It encourages media pluralism, tolerance and solidarity among peoples. For this newspaper communication, facilitated by new information technologies, plays an important social role.
Radio Mapuche is a site where we can find podcasts about different topics related to the current situation between Chilean state and Mapuche people. Radio Mapuche presents different interviews to Mapuche people and academics that analyze the current situation of this culture, news and music. The podcasts are presented in different languages (e.g. German, English, and Spanish). The issues presented in the podcasts are linked to Mapuche demands for self-determination and protection of their rights.
Mapuche International Link (MIL) is an organization that seeks for Mapuche self-determination and the right for their own development. It is inspired in the United Nations International Decade of World’s Indigenous Peoples (1994/2004) which was declared to focus world-wide attention on human rights violations, the destruction of environments and cultures, and the continuing struggle for recognition of indigenous people’s rights to their ancestral territories. Their goals are:
- To raise awareness of indigenous peoples and their struggle for survival.
- To use modern communications to inform the international community about indigenous cultures in particular Mapuche culture.
- To develop contacts between Mapuche and European organizations.
- To develop links between indigenous schools in Chile and Argentina , and schools in other countries.
- To encourage European people to get involved in Mapuche communities’ activities.
- To encourage sustainable tourism by providing up to date information on the culture, politics and economics of the Mapuche people.
- To promote public awareness of all universally recognized international treaties and conventions adopted by the United Nations and the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), which have a bearing on humanity and the rights of indigenous peoples.
- To emphasize the contribution of the Mapuche to the rich cultural diversity of the world, through exhibitions, publications, regular visits to U.N conferences and other international forums.
- To develop and maintain communications with other Mapuche groups and indigenous peoples of the world.
Meli Wixan Mapu
Meli Wixan Mapu is an organization that intends to build urban Mapuche politics and culture, within the framework of a general process of rescue and protection of our identity and territoriality. This organization declares that Mapuche people of Santiago are sons of a forced migration that happened during the nineteenth century, in the process known as Occupation of Araucanìa. Their primarily goal is not to avoid this situation and express their will for self-determination and land recovery. The site provides the stories of Mapuche activists that are prisoners in Chilean jails, publications, poetry, and videos, all in Spanish.
Indigenous Voices is a monthly series held at Bluestockings Bookstore. On the last Thursday of every month, visitors can find a diverse group of folks gathering for a discussion, film screening, reading, workshop/skill share, performances, and music. Hosted by WBAI’s Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Indigenous Voices is a monthly series about ethnic identity, sovereignty, and the possibilities for Indigenous peoples to direct their own destinies.
Media and resources from cultures of the Andes
- Aymara’s Podcasts This is a site that offers music from the Andes in order to revive Aymara culture, history and music. The site provide information about Aymara’s musical instruments, dances, carnivals, etc. Visitors can hear podscats of Aymara music and see photographs about their traditions.
- Andes.org contains information about American aboriginal cultures of The Andes. The site offers interesting information about poetry, dances and music. Visitors can access to songs, poems and dances explained in Quechua, English and Spanish.
- Aymara Uta is a web site that intends to promote and diffuse Aymara knowledge, reflect and defend Aymaraheritage. The site is licensed by Opensource and GNU software. It offers a list of resources and websites related to Aymara culture, and a discussion forum about topics related to this Aboriginal community. Most of the resources offered by the site are in Spanish, but it offers a number of sources in English.
- The “Institute of Aymara Language and Culture“, ILCA is a non-profit organization, founded by Juan de Dios Yapita (1972) to spread the Aymaralanguage and culture. It was legally recognized by the Ministry of Education and Culture in La Paz (Bolivia) on November, 1972. The center has long been one of the lonely ramparts of the disclosure of the Aymara language. It has major publications. Most of them are in PDF format for download on that site.
- Marta J. Hardman-Bautista’s site. Marta J. Hardman-Bautista is an American linguist who is considered an authority on linguistic studies of Aymara culture. During the 1960s, she began studying Jaqaru, a sister language of Aymara. Later, she founded the Aymara School at the University of Florida where she worked with brilliant disciples, some of them Aymara of birth. Aymara School published many articles and important books about the Aymara culture.
Mapuche Documentation Center
Mapuche Documentation Center is a research program that provides resources, study material, and lines of research on social, political, cultural and intellectual life of the Mapuche people. Mapuche Documentation Center is organized on the basis of achieving the following objectives:
• Discuss sociological theories about development in relation to the problems facing indigenous peoples and the Mapuche people in particular.
• Providing mentoring and academic supervision for students who are interested in investigating the reality of indigenous peoples
• Encourage writing articles related to sociological research of indigenous peoples
• Assisting members of the network of collaborators and participants of Mapuche Documentation Center, Nuke Mapu in monitoring current debates and reflections by facilitating access to material from journals and updates on research.