Thursday, July 22, 2010

Indigenous Statement

Global Indigenous Peoples Caucus comments on UNDRIP progress via the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples at the UN Human Rights Commission.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Fourth World Ambience

While the Fourth World is popularly perceived as pastoral and nomadic hunter-gatherers, Fourth World political entities are also comprised of modern indigenous economies, still governed by the law of generosity. Generosity being the essential attitude that generates Fourth World cultural ambience, the abiding principles of Fourth World societies are conservation, cooperation and reciprocity. As such, primitivism per se is not a prerequisite to inclusion in the Fourth World, while indigeneity is.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Mirjam Hirch

At the IUHPE 2010 world conference on health promotion last week, CWIS fellow Mirjam Hirch presented a paper on traditional knowledge and self-determination in indigenous mental health. In 2009, at the Traditional Medicine conference in Peru, Ms. Hirch presented on the topic of the revitalization of culture and traditional medicine to cure mental illness in indigenous tribes of the US Pacific Northwest.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


Voices in the Clouds, a short video about reconnecting with indigenous roots, rediscovers Atayal.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Learning to Communicate

The primary function of a center for communication is learning to present ideas and information in the most effective format applicable to a targeted audience. Students learn by doing projects they select and design within the framework of supervised genres of presentation, including exposes, occasional papers, white papers, investigative reports, and intelligence estimates.

Using expert researchers, analysts and journalists as guest instructors, advisors, and distance-learning faculty, students are mentored on how to plan a project, conduct the research, write up the results, and disseminate their analysis in varying formats for different venues. These skills are then built on in studies, seminars, and exercises designed to examine the uses of communication devices, in which students create products based on the information acquired in their initial research project.

*from Continuity

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Adversarial Journalism

In IJOC 2010's Investigating Chilling Effects, Andrew T. Kenyon examines the relationships between independence, resistance, dissent, and adversarial journalism in Malaysia, Singapore, and Australia. Noting the role the Internet plays in overcoming the chilling effect of defamation law, Kenyon looks at how political criticism, governance, corruption, and crime are treated as topics by civil society and political opposition in independent media. If, as Kenyon asserts, the Internet is responsible for facilitating offline political expression and action, then Internet control measures sought by governments worldwide are a serious threat to public freedom.

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