Yes, we have one of the active editors from Wikipedia in Wayuunaiki, Leonardi Fernández,
who will be participating in the event. He’ll be arriving from Venezuela, but since
languages know no boundaries, we thought it was important for him to join us.
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> Date: Tue, 2 Jun 2015 17:04:36 -0400
> From: eddie avila <eduardo13(a)gmail.com>
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> Subject: [Languages] Indigenous Language Digital Activism
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> Hello all -
> I’m new here, but really interested in the topic. My name is Eddie Avila and I’m the
Director of Rising Voices, an initiative of Global Voices
<http://www.globalvoicesonline.org/>. We work to support new, diverse, and
underrepresented voices as they use participatory digital media to tell their own stories
on their own terms.
> A special interest of ours centers on how the Internet is helping communities create
new digital content in their native languages. Whether through blogs, digital video,
social media, or audio podcasts, we are seeing inspiring work by people committed towards
preserving and revitalizing their native languages.
> Starting with an activity last year in Mexico
we brought together indigenous language “digital activists” to share their experiences
and teach and learn from one another.
> Here, we partnered with our friends from Wikimedia Mexico to help organize the
sessions around creating new or translating existing content into Wikipedia in native
languages. We felt that Wikimedia shares our mission of supporting communities to be able
to share their knowledge online in their own languages.
> Now, we are continuing this process with a workshop in Bogotá
in a couple of weeks. Again, we are partnering with both Wikimedia Colombia and Wikimedia
Venezuela to showcase the possibilities of creating versions of Wikipedia in native
languages and building a more mutually supportive network.
> We are eager to explore how Rising Voices can help support the ongoing work of
communities around the world, but especially throughout Latin America, that are interested
in contributing or creating their own versions of this important resource. Our
partnerships with your communities have been incredibly rewarding.
> Looking forward to seeing how we can continue to work together.
> Eddie Avila
> @barrioflores @risingvoices