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Indigenous Peoples Week

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We are pleased to invite the world to the 2018 Indigenous Peoples Week August 6-12.

This will be our seventh annual celebration of social web storytelling about indigenous peoples and tourism around the world. Our unconference takes place everywhere at once, so this wiki page is our conference 'hub.'


We launched Indigenous Peoples Week in 2011 as a direct outcome of the Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website Award. ITBW Award Winner Nutti Sámi Siida and joined forces to hold a week-long discussion of indigenous tourism to coincide with August 9 -- the United Nations’ International Day of the World's Indigenous People. Since 2011 we've had additional support from the ITBW community, including Time Unlimited Tours. It's critical to have the direct input from indigenous partners in this endeavor.

We have no direct links with the UN Day or the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. That said, one of the objectives of holding Indigenous Peoples Week is to raise awareness of the UN's work. Honestly, few of our colleagues have been aware of the International Day and our hope is that a week-long dialogue can bring a public spark to this important celebration.

We would love to have more contact with the UN, the Permanent Forum and the Convention on Biological Diversity. Indigenous Peoples Week owes a lot to the CBD for developing the IBTW Award.

Other factors in developing Indigenous Peoples Week were now 20+ year discussions with Deborah McLaren, a judge for the ITBW Award and author of the book Rethinking Tourism. In the 1990s I had long discussions with Deborah about the pros and cons of tourism as it impacted indigenous communities. Deborah and I have both collaborated with the US magazine/website Transitions Abroad and as a result of this work, I've always tried to embed the knowledge and tips from indigenous leaders into travel features I've written and/or published on

In these past 20 years I've also led many internet workshops for local travel providers, artisans and cooks, many of whom are indigenous. Indigenous Peoples Week thus allows a virtual reunion of sorts, encouraging continued conversations using various social web channels.

Translating: Indigenous Peoples Week

Ayuuk: Kajpïn jayïta xyëëta (Santa María Ocotepec, Oaxaca)
Erzya: прявтэрицянь раськетнень тарго
Estonian: Põlisrahvaste nädal
German: Die Woche der indigenen Völker
Finnish: Alkuperäiskansojen viikko
Hungarian: Bennszülöttek hete
Karelian: Alkuperäinen rahvahan netäli
Khanty: Там Лапт шоши Мир емн, хатл
Māori: Te Wiki o Te Tangata Whenua
Mari: Тӱп калык-влак арня
Maya: U k'iinilo'ob wayil kaajo'obe'
Quechua: Sumaj wauky sumaj kuraj
Spanish: Semana de los Pueblos Indígenas
Swedish: Ursprungsbefolkningarnas vecka
Udmurt: Выжы калыкъёслы сизем арня
Votic; Maarahvajõ näteli

Be Engaged: How to participate online

Learn the social web by using Blogs, Facebook, Flickr, Google+, Linkedin, Periscope, Pinterest, Slideshare, Twitter, YouTube, Wikipedia to learn and share info about indigenous culture. Here's our checklist of social web challenges:
  • Blog: If you have your own blog, share stories about indigenous culture; if you don't have your own blog, add constructive comments to a blog of your choice!
  • Facebook: Introduce yourself on the event page; You can also recommend relevant groups and pages on Facebook
  • Flickr: Create an account an upload a few photos of your work. Create an album like Sami Food! There are a number of relevant groups. One of our favorites is the World Crafts Group open to indigenous and non-indigenous artisans. Another fave is the World Parks Group. The point is to share tips on indigenous tourism, embedding the info within the photo description. A plus for indigenous tourism businesses is the ease of creating a widget to share Flickr photos on websites and blogs. If you want to be generous, buy a gift account for someone whose work you respect.
  • Linkedin: Introduce yourself and your interest in indigenous culture on the event page
  • Periscope: Take us on a virtural tour
  • Slideshare: Favorite the overview presentation; create a new presentation/slideshow about indigenous culture.
  • Storify: Curate tweets or pictures
  • Twitter: Tweet about indigenous culture and please tweet about this page! Ask others to invite indigenous guides and artisans.
  • YouTube: Record your own video and introduce yourself and your interest in indigenous tourism. If you are a tour company, show us something during the week. You can also curate a playlist to document indigenous culture and traditional knowledge.
  • Wikipedia: Read or edit information about indigenous culture.
  • Planeta Wiki: Editors are encouraged to update pages and embed information on indigenous culture. Examples: Māori, Sami

Be Engaged: How to participate in the natural world

Try these suggestions all year round, but Indigenous Peoples Week is a great time to start!
  • Visit a museum: Seek out museums that work with indigenous peoples. Bonus points if you share photos on Flickr in the World Museums Group.
  • Buy a craft: Support indigenous artisans by purchasing an authentic indigenous craft. Bonus points if you share photos on Flickr in the World Crafts Group.
  • Take a tour: There are many indigenous guides and tour companies. Make a reservation.
  • Create supportive work spaces: Your workplace or school can support Indigenous Peoples Week. Support staff, students and colleagues with resources.
  • Schedule some indigenous language time:Allocate time for an indigenous language class.
  • Make a sign: Put bilingual signs up where you are - signs are a visible way of showing that indigenous languages are valued.
Tip: If you create or attend a local event relevant to indigenous peoples, let us know so we can amplify the message.


Conference organizers - If you are holding an event that features indigenous tourism, provide summaries or announcements
Government officials - Prepare blogs, tweets, flickr albums and Slideshare presentations about your work in indigenous travel
Bloggers, Journalists, Guidebook Authors and Publishers - Ask questions that you'd like assistance. Afterwards, please keep us updated on how you are using the information.
Students - Share news with your teachers and classmates. Print out the free posters for your classroom or academic notice board.
Teachers - Share news with your students and colleagues. Print out the free posters for your classroom or academic message board.
Travel companies, guides, hotels, restaurants - Add photos to Flickr, videos to YouTube and show us specific examples of your work; print the free posters (below) for your business; create your own poster; offer discounts to visitors who mention Indigenous Peoples Week; encourage your clients to use the social web to provide testimonials of what you do well; tweet about specific actions and provide links where we can find details
Trusted colleagues - Editors, please help clarify the text and translate the info on this page; update other Planeta Wiki pages that we can spotlight
Sponsors -

This online unconference is free. The objective is two-fold: to raise awareness of indigenous tourism options around the world and to improve digital literacy skills among the indigenous tourism providers themselves.

Everyone's invited. Our circle of conversation includes indigenous and non-indigenous peoples around the world. Many of our partners are the winners of the Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website Award.

Talking points include biodiversity conservation, crafts, cultural heritage, food and literacy (traditional reading and writing and digital literacy -- the emerging read write culture).

Use social web to curate and share stories of starting up, collaborating and developing new initiatives. Online the Web this year curate has been a one of the key buzzwords as in 'If you can't create, curate.'

Become online conference fit by registering for social web channels. You are encouraged to create your own materials. Be creative! Also, be generous. Applaud the work of others who inspire. Have fun.

Show us a future we can literally share.

Don’t wait for August.

Financial sponsors are welcome to further the dialogue through innovative workshops and road trips. We are thinking of developing a concurrent kickstarter campaign. Please contact Ron Mader if you'd like to collaborate.

Promotion on's World Travel Directory is offering a bonus (and VIP status) to businesses in our World Travel Directory which feature indigenous culture. We'll extend the directory listing free for one month for businesses actively participating in Indigenous Peoples Week.


Ron Mader: "There are plenty of great examples of thriving indigenous tourism experiences around the world, people who are eager to share stories and engage with visitors. Social web is being used by indigenous peoples and visitors alike so we invite friends to share stories that inspire and educate us all."

Anders Kärrstedt: "Indigenous Peoples Week tests our abilities to see what's possible in terms of sharing information online in a timely manner. Hopefully we will share a lot of information about indigenous peoples worldwide."


We want Indigenous Peoples Week to be fun. Keep an eye on this page as we figure out some incentives for participants. We'll use the gameification model as a start. For indigenous tourism businesses, artisans and museums, you might want to offer a discount or promotion. For participants who want visible recognition of their participation, we'll offer a certificate. If there other incentives that would motivate you to get stuck into Indigenous Peoples Week, let us know.


Indigenous Peoples Week is open to posts in multiple languages. We encourage the use of audio and video to document the culture in the local vernacular. Record a conversation with an indigenous friend. We would like to challenge participants to have a discussion with someone whose native language you don't understand!

Tips: Try something new.

Tips: Try reading information in a different language. We encourage the use of Google Translate. It's not perfect but it will help expand your frame of reference.

Levels of Engagement

We have come up with five simple levels of engagement that apply to successful participation. If you want to be engaged, the basic ideas apply to any event: be attentive, be creative, be generous, be curious and be empathetic.

Be attentive: Go outside, visit a museum, learn about indigenous culture. Do stuff!

Be creative: Use the social web to share stories and ask questions. Make something! Examples: Make a Flickr gallery or Pinterest album. Upload a video to YouTube or presentation to Slideshare.

Be generous: Add stars to other people’s photos or make a gallery of your faves, like comments on Facebook, give a thumbs up to videos on YouTube and have a heart by favoriting the Indigenous Peoples Week presentation on Slideshare. Be kind!

Be curious: Look for examples of indigenous tourism that surprise you. This might be in your own country or in the place where you are planning a vacation.

Be empathetic: Extend your compassion to what and who you see.

Misc: Contests or Ranking

Award for favorite indigenous page on the Planeta Wiki
Favorite government working toward indigenous tourism.
Favorite directory of indigenous tourism services.
Survey: Which indigenous group would you like to visit?
Survey: Which indigenous group would you like to learn some language?


Special Dates

August 9 International Day of the World's Indigenous People

Posters: Indigenous Peoples Week

English: Indigenous Peoples Week
Swedish: Ursprungsbefolkningarnas vecka
German: Die Woche der indigenen Völker
Spanish: Semana de los Pueblos Indígenas
Ayuuk: Kajpïn jayïta xyëëta (Santa María Ocotepec, Oaxaca)

Wiki Events

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Wiki: Indigenous World

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Ecuador's indigenous people
Diné (Navajo)
Sami - Swedish Lapland

Wiki: Indigenous Mexico

Indigenous peoples of Oaxaca
Mexico's Indigenous Foods (Carta de Comida Indígena)
Ayuuk (mixe)

Place Pages that have been edited thanks to Indigenous Peoples Week

australia - queensland - perth - sydney - wa
mexico - cancun - yucatan
new zealand - Māori proverbs

new hampshire
new mexico


Further Viewing

Building online Te Reo

Further Reading