The United Nations has declared August 9th to be The International Day Of The World’s Indigenous People.
I don’t have a whole lot of time but, since it’s coming up, I thought I put together a simple list of related-resources and add to them later.
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Here are my choices for The Best Sites For International Day Of The World’s Indigenous People (and are accessible to English Language Learners):
CNN has two good videos:
At the Big Myth, you can watch and listen to creation stories from indigenous people from around the world.
Indigenous Language Map documents languages in Australia, including audio samples.
Native Planet has several slideshows about the indigenous peoples of India.
Indigenous Venezuelan Tradition Sparks Debate is a New York Times slideshow.
Native voices from the heart of Alaska is an audio slideshow from the World Wildlife Fund.
Culture Quest is a great interactive from the National Museum of the American Indian that helps you learn about indigenous people throughout North and South America.
PBS has an interactive map showing the indigenous roots of many place names in the United States.
How Stuff Works has numerous videos about Native Americans.
Codetalkers is an interactive about Native Americans in World War II.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine has a fascinating timeline of Native People’s Concepts Of Health And Healing.
The Smithsonian has an impressive collection of teacher materials related to Native Americans.
The Smithsonian also has a buffalo hide painting activity that I have used.
The Library of Congress has brought together many resources for Native American Heritage Month.
American Indian Responses To Environmental Challenges is an interactive from The Smithsonian.
Fighting For Survival is a short video about indigenous people in Kenya fighting against the effects of climate change:
Brazil Indigenous compete in weeklong sports event is a series of photos from The Sacramento Bee.
The Ashaninka, A Threatened Way of Life is a slideshow from The Atlantic.
Latin American indigenous groups join forces to fight dams is from The BBC.
Internet Indians: In Contextual Video Player is from Al Jazeera.
The Guardian published an interactive called Peoples under threat around the world: map. Here’s how they describe it:
How safe are indigenous peoples around the world? map shows country rankings according to the latest Peoples Under Threat index from Minority Rights Group International. South Sudan is the highest riser, although it has only just come into existence.
Here’s a “movie” showing the loss of Native American land over the past 250 years. You can read more about it at The Atlantic:
Indigenous Tribe Rises up in Colombia is a TIME slideshow.
Lakota Winter Counts is an interactive from The Smithsonian.
Woven Together is another Smithsonian interactive.
Brazilian Police Evict Indigenous Squatters from 2014 Stadium Site is a photo gallery from The Atlantic.
An Indigenous Way of Life Threatened by Oil Sands in Canada is a photo gallery from The New York Times.
Native American Heritage Month is the U.S. government’s site for related educational materials.
Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian is from PBS.
Teaching History has a number of related resources.
American Indian Heritage Month comes from the Utah Education Network.
Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month, Grades K-5 is from The NEA.
Time-lapse of American seizure of indigenous land, 1776-1887. pic.twitter.com/VxLsBLk3dw
— Amazing Maps (@Amazing_Maps) May 3, 2015
The Invasion of America: How the United States Took Over an Eighth of the World shows the takeover of land from Native Americans using a timeline slider.
The LandMark map shows indigenous land throughout the world.
The World Indigenous Games is a photo gallery from The Boston Globe.
Latino Heritage and Indigenous Yawanawá Tribe Cross Paths in Miami is from NBC News.
PBS has a number of Native American Heritage Month resources.
TIME for kids also has Native American Heritage resources.
The National Museum of the American Indian has lots of educational resources.
Erasing Indigenous Heritage is a photo gallery from The Atlantic.
This New Zealand river now has the same legal rights as a human being is from The Washington Post.
I had the privilege of visiting the Tarahumara a few years ago:
Here’s the description of this video:
In the high-altitude city of La Paz, Bolivia, rates of heart problems dwarf those of cities at sea level. But an unexpected partnership between medicine and art is helping address this problem. Doctor Franz Freudenthal is a pediatric cardiologist who created a device that fixes abnormal openings in the heart through a non-invasive procedure. But these tiny, intricate devices cannot be made by machine, so Freudenthal enlisted help from the country’s indigenous Aymara women. With their traditional weaving skills, they knit these life-saving devices by hand. It’s the perfect blend of technology and artistry.
Here’s how National Geographic describes this next video:
Visit the colorful cemetery of Chichicastenango, Guatemala, where every year families repaint the graves of their departed loved ones. To outsiders, the passionate display of color may seem incongruent with loss of life—but according to indigenous Maya tradition, honoring the dead encourages the living to make peace with the inevitability of death.
American Indian Heritage Month: An Opportunity to Try New Ways of Educating about Native Americans is from The Smithsonian.
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