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TakingITGlobal Proudly Presents:
The TakingITGlobal Dispatch!
For the month of February 2004 (Volume 4.2)
In this Issue:
1 -> Welcome to the Dispatch
2 -> Monthly Theme: Indigenous Peoples – Parallels Across Diversity 
3 -> TIG Survey - Evaluation of TakingITGlobal.org 
4 -> Global Gallery: Imagining Histories 
5 -> E-Cards Contest Winners
6 -> Zine: Meet youth from Indigenous communities around the world! 
7 -> Participate in Global Youth Service Day 2004 
8 -> Wrap up
++ 1. Welcome to the Dispatch ++
Welcome to TakingITGlobal's Dispatch for the month of February! 
In this issue, we invite you to participate in our new monthly theme 
of "Indigenous Peoples – Parallels Across Diversity", give your input 
about how we can improve our online community at TakingITGlobal, 
contribute to the “Imagining Histories” Global Gallery contest, check 
out the e-card contest winners, and meet Indigenous youth from around 
the world through our new interview section of the Zine. 
Read on, and stay connected!
++ 2. Monthly Theme: Indigenous Peoples – Parallels Across Diversity ++
This month we discuss the sometimes marginalized topic of Indigenous 
Peoples, their cultures and the current issues they face today.  Join 
us as we try to further our knowledge by learning more about 
Indigenous peoples and their diverse cultures and regions.  We hope to 
further our understanding of Indigenous peoples and their struggle for 
self determination, and will explore the growing concerns of the long 
debated and polemic dilemmas of Indigenous peoples, their rights, and 
their lands.
As we are in the final year of the Decade of Indigenous Peoples which 
was proclaimed by the United Nations, we see there are still pressing 
issues facing Indigenous peoples worldwide.  These problems have yet 
to be resolved. While many have been left in the dark about what has 
really been going on due to a lack of media coverage, and a deliberate 
withholding of certain information by various governmental agencies, 
there has also been a simple disregard with many people looking the 
other way from the injustices experienced by Indigenous communities. 
However, these issues can no longer be silenced as they are 
increasingly becoming global issues instead of isolated problems.  The 
concerns facing Indigenous people are also intertwined with universal 
concerns such as environmental degradation and the mad scrabble for 
resources.  This has and still is destroying vast amounts of land and 
wildlife which has and still is being taken from Indigenous groups that 
have lived and protected this land for thousands of years.  Other 
concerns to be discussed are the issues of rampant poverty, 
discrimination, and the continued threat of the loss of language and 
culture in the face of globalization.
To learn more, visit the theme page:
++ 3. TIG Survey - Evaluation of TakingITGlobal.org ++
This month, the TakingITGlobal research team is conducting a survey to 
better understand the impact of our online community. The survey was 
launched January 19th and will continue until February 9th.  Over 1,800 
members have already filled it out!  We appreciate the time and effort 
you took to complete the survey.  Your input will help us improve the 
quality of our website and to remain responsive to the needs of all 
TIG members.
For those of you who have not yet filled out the survey, it's not too 
late!  Just visit http://surveys.takingitglobal.org/tigsurvey.html and 
\fill out the survey.  All those who participate will be eligible to 
win a prize (including a TIG T-shirt, mouse pad, a mug, as well as post 
cards and book marks) through a draw that will be held after the 
February 9th deadline.  

Thank you!
The TakingITGlobal Research Team
++ 4. Global Gallery: Imagining Histories ++
Creation myths to legends to everyday stories teach and preserve one's 
culture and language.  Oral traditions have been and still are an 
integral part of many Indigenous cultures which in turn teach about 
belief systems, values, and customs.  For many Indigenous groups, the 
sharing of oral traditions are usually passed on from one generation to 
the next through the art of storytelling.  Due to the continued threat 
of assimilation by mainstream or dominant societies or by simply having 
a desire to share one's culture with others, many oral traditions are 
being written down to avoid the disappearance of this cultural tradition.
This month the Global Gallery contest "Imagining Histories" is an 
exploration of how stories can inspire us, teach us valuable lessons, 
and let us dream of a time immemorial.  To start off we encourage you 
to look out of the box as you read these enchanting stories, legends or 
myths that are readings from the Mayan, Cree, Maori, and Dogon.  As we 
open this Pandora's Box to the tradition of storytelling we encourage 
you share stories that you may know about Indigenous people in your 
country as we acknowledge there are thousands of stories to share.
Afterwards, share with us through your artwork your interpretation of 
these stories.  Your works of art can be a concrete illustration or an 
abstract image of what you have envisioned through imagining these 
To learn more about Indigenous culture and oral traditions visit:
If you are from a different ethnic group which also has this cultural 
tradition and would like to share a short story, myth or legend with 
the rest of us, please visit the Zine:
++ 5. e-Cards Contest Winners ++
Instead of a Global Gallery contest, for the months of December and 
January we ran an e-Cards contest.  Listed below are the three winners:
"Happy Eid" by Ahmed Aqeel : 
"Welcome Spring!" by Irene : 
"An Island Christmas" by Antoine Sands : 
Congratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone 
who participated!
Check out this month's Global Gallery contest here: 
++ 6. Zine: Meet youth from Indigenous communities around the world! ++
In our new Interview section of the Zine, we bring to you an array of 
perspectives of young Indigenous people from different regions of the 
world.  Members are now able to have a first hand account from 
Indigenous youth who have been willing to share with us their personal 
reflections, the anecdotes they have experienced, and the challenges 
facing their communities.
To get a glimpse into the worlds of Indigenous youth visit:  
++ 7. Global Youth Service Day (GYSD)

You are invited to participate in Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) the 
largest celebration of young people making a difference in the world!  
Over the years, millions of youth have participated in GYSD across the 
globe and together, with the leadership of organizations such as yours, 
they undertake thousands of volunteer projects that benefit their 
We are currently looking for National Lead Agencies in many countries, 
because this year we want to continue increasing the number of young 
people celebrating GYSD!  You can help us by submitting an application 
and acting as National Lead Agency, or by joining the National 
Coordinating Committee if an NLA has already been selected. For more 
information check: http://www.gysd.net/ - To contact the coordination 
team, write to info@gysd.net.
We look forward to having you involved!
++ 8. Wrap Up ++
Your interest, support and involvement with TakingITGlobal helps our 
community to grow and encourage more young people to be inspired, 
informed, and involved everyday! Thank you for being a member with the 
vision of positive change!
In friendship,
The TakingITGlobal Team
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