Zaachila

Photo: Ron Mader, Valley Guelaguetza (Some rights reserved) Zaachila, Oaxaca is famous for its weekly Thursday market, its fresh meats, its key role in Mixtec and Zapotec history and its very own Guelaguetza. Google Mapsgoo.gl/maps/9uweD5oGeL1uMwge9 [email protected] Natural WorldZaachila is located in a fertile valley, irrigated by the Atoyac River. The center of town is lush …

Matariki

Photo: pbkwee, 2012 (Some rights reserved) Matariki is a pinnacle celebration in Aotearoa New Zealand. Hashtag: #Matariki This year the festivities become an annual public holiday. Matariki is the Māori name for the stars also known as the Pleiades star cluster in the constellation Taurus. Celebrations begin on the day of the first new moon …

Kanohi ki te kanohi

Māori language Kanohi ki te kanohi = Face-to-face communication (Māori) University of Waikato: Kanohi ki te Kanohi literally means face to face, but a more accurate English title for this session would be Knowledge Connections. This is an opportunity to encounter Māori protocols and culture directly and to develop a better understanding of important issues …

Teotitlán del Valle

Photo:Ron Mader, At the church 2007 (Some rights reserved) Oaxaca, Mexico – Walk with the weavers and spend time in the place of the gods. The Zapotec town of Teotitlán del Valle (elevation: 1,670 meters = 5,500 feet) is world-famous for production of colorful weavings (laadi or Ladih in the local language). Google Mapsgoo.gl/maps/DbWimDqvvGRwAh5a6 HeadlinesIndigenous …

Aboriginal and Indigenous cultures, languages, and peoples in Australia

Photo: Ron Mader, Tribal Warrior (Some rights reserved) Human occupation of Australia started about 65,000 years ago with successive waves of immigration from south and southeast Asia. Archaeologists continue to revise the date of early settlements. Today Aboriginal Australians conserve the oldest culture in the world. The word ‘Aboriginal’ has appeared in the English language since the 17th century …

Mabo Day

Photo: Mike Coghan, Two Nations (Some rights reserved) Australia – June 3 is Mabo Day which marks the anniversary of the landmark decision of the High Court of Australia that overturned the legal fiction of terra nullius. The Mabo Oration is a biennial event presented by the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland and QPAC. It celebrates and …

NAIDOC

Logo NAIDOC (the National Aboriginal Islander Day Observance Committee) Week is an Australian observance lasting from the first Sunday in July until the following Sunday. Events across the country celebrate the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 2022 celebrations will be held July 3-10. Theme: Get Up! Stand Up! Show …

Native Title

Lingo Cards (Some rights reserved) Native Title = Recognition by Australian law that the Aboriginal and Indigenous people who were the Traditional Owners of an area prior to 1788 have ongoing rights and interests in land, seas and waters that derive from their traditional laws and customs HeadlinesNgunnawal traditional owners announce plans to lodge native …

Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park

Photo: Mark Wassell, Pink Sunset (Some rights reserved) Australia’s Northern Territory boasts nearly 100 national parks and reserves, including two of Australia’s most famous parks — Uluru and Kakadu. The well-known monolith, Uluru (Ayers Rock), 348 meters high, is near the southwest corner of the Territory and may be Australia’s most familiar natural icon. The …

Copper Canyon (Barranca del Cobre)

Photo: Comisión Mexicana de Filmaciones, Divisadero (Some rights reserved) For outdoor enthusiasts, the region offers hiking, bird watching, mountain biking and horseback riding. The individual Copper Canyon (Barranca del Cobre) is just one of more than 20 canyons that stretch west of Chihuahua City in the Sierra Madre Occidental, located between the high central plateau …