Indigenous Knowledge

Indigenous Knowledge

Indigenous Communities and Business Leaders

 

TIES supports initiatives promoting equatable benefits for Indigenous communities, and grassroots efforts strengthening Indigenous peoples' voices in the global tourism industry. Through strategic partnerships and outreach efforts, we seek to collaborate with Indigenous business and community leaders to learn from their alternative perspectives, foster their knowledge and heritage, and address current Indigenous issues in ecotourism and community development.

 

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Three Generations of Weavers - Lajuj Ix & Las Estrellas cooperatives, Sololá, Guatemala (Photo by Oxlajuj B'atz') Thirteen Threads (Oxlajuj B'atz'/Trece Hilos) TIES new member Oxlajuj B'atz' (OB) - meaning "Thirteen Threads" - in Guatemala has created a network of women's cooperatives with an emphasis on inspiring self-sufficiency among rural Mayan women. OB focuses its efforts on education and skills training in four areas: health and well-being, artisan and product development, democracy and team building, and small business....
Qaggiqtiit Cultural Performance Group   By Mike Robbins, Partner, the Tourism Company and Project Manager for the Arviat Community Ecotourism initiative   The Arviat Community Ecotourism (ACE) initiative is a grassroots project involving many individuals and several small businesses in Arviat, Nunavut (Canada's newest territory) with a vision to establish a sustainable community-based tourism enterprise.   Over the past 3 years, under contract with Nunavut Tunngavik Inc, the Tourism Company has been managing a team of experts assisting with local capacity...
Local Lickan Antay guides accompany visitors in the interpretive trail, providing in-depth explanations and answering questions. Photo: © Hernán Torres   *This article was originally published by Southern Cone Journeys on October 6, 2011. View original article "Indigenous Communities and Tourism: The Benefits of Co-Management"   By Marcela Torres   Co-management of protected areas by the state and local communities is one of the best ways to guarantee that tourism will provide economic and social benefits to many people who would otherwise...
Photo: Lennart Pittja Sápmi Experience Quality Label Tourism activities under the Sápmi Experience Quality Label are based on the common heritage of the Sámi. Sámi tourism must be sustainable over the long term. This means that tourism must be accepted and established, culturally and socially, in Sámi society, and the host must be able to communicate Sámi values and way of life. Sápmi Experience operators strive for social, cultural, ecological and commercial sustainability. They are companies that respect the integrity of the S...
By Lennart Pittja VisitSápmi: Dispelling Stereotypes and Empowering Sámi Communities VisitSápmi is the Sámi initiative to create and develop sustainable tourism in the land of Sápmi, in northern Scandinavia. Meeting the Sámi people and experiencing their traditional lifestyle is often considered by foreign visitors to be one of the most interesting and things to do in Scandinavia. As such, Scandinavia is frequently promoted with images of Sápmi - Sámi people in traditional clothes, reindeer, lávvu, and traditional food,...
Grass Routes Journeys is founded on a philosophy of respect for the environment, the culture and the community, and through authentic stories and hands-on experiences, helps bridge boundaries and open up possibilities. It is apparent from the company's people-focused grassroots approaches to travel that respectful interactions with Indigenous communities and their cultural heritage is an integral part of what defines Grass Routes' natural and cultural tourism experiences. TIES asked Claire Prest, co-founder of Grass Routes, to share an insider's view of visitors'...
Sarah Chapman, Go Native America Could you describe the experience of developing the relationships which serve as the foundation for your tours?   Relationships in Native America are built on trust – a lot of it! It takes time to create the kind of relationships you need in order to know that everyone – guide and client – will be happy with their time spent together. Most of our guides come to us through recommendation – we don’t advertise positions ever, but the familial structures within native communities are a huge strength when we are looking...
TIES will celebrate Earth Day through a unique full-day event - "Global Knowledge & Local Experiences ~ Your Travel Choice Makes a Difference."   WASHINGTON, DC, April 21, 2008 - This innovative program combining a guided eco-tour of the Washington area and a free public evening forum on Indigenous business leaders in ecotourism will be held on April 30 in Washington, DC. The first part of this full-day event will involve a dynamic DC Eco-Tour. TIES' new interactive program will focus on key principles of ecotourism and sustainable travel by exploring specific...

 

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