Stories about Indigenous
"With our positive stories, we are not saying that everything is easy. We are saying that things might get hard but there is always a way forward."
How Indigenous Communities Are Using Data to ‘Reframe’ Their Narratives Through Digital Storytelling
"Tools of this kind can become an element to analyze our communication work and guide us in choosing the best way to respond to the information generated by traditional media."
What happens when the data doesn’t support the story we first set out to tell?
The Sarayaku people, a small indigenous community in eastern Ecuador, are rarely in the news. They live near the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador. But twice in the past several years, they have grabbed the attention of Ecuadorian national media in small, but important ways.
Reframed Stories asks people to respond to dominant themes in news coverage about themselves and the issues that affect them. The stories center on the reflections of persons who are more often represented by others than by themselves in media. Apawki Castro is the elected leader of communications for the Confederation...
This silence and the words that are missing in the communication spaces helps me think that we need to find different ways to respond to media.
Media is more interested in covering just struggles, conflict, and blood, and it does not care about other topics that are also important to us. In Sarayaku, we are devoting a lot of effort to the promotion of the Kawsay Sacha, our proposal for a way of life that invites to a peaceful coexistence with the environment, with one self and with others.
Maybe the media is covering certain topics and providing a general overview of things, but the roots of the problems, and the perspectives of the indigenous communities and nationalities, are missing.
We need more outlets where youth can get involved and make our voices heard because we, too, have much to say and offer.
In the Depths of the Ecuadorian Amazon, Digital Communications Aid the Process of Self-Determination
Residing within the southern part of Ecuador’s Amazon region, the approximately 1,200-strong Kichwa community of Sarayaku have drawn international attention for their battles over land and indigenous rights—battles that have relied on worldwide support. Since 1996, when the Ecuadorian government gave concessions for exploration and extraction to corporations without consultation...