Proud To Be Indigenous
Indigenous children with disabilities in Malawi share their pride for #Proud2BIndigenous week, which starts May 20.

Proud to Be Indigenous? Hash Tag It and Photograph It

May 20, 2013

Are you ready to express indigenous pride? Photos for Proud to Be Indigenous Week are rolling in, and the organizers are encouraging everyone to submit pictures of their Native traditions and regalia throughout Indigenous Week, leading up to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

“Over the past few days, we have started asking people for photos and they are quickly coming in!” wrote Dan Morrison, spokesperson for organizers First Peoples Worldwide, in a statement. “Our numbers continue to expand—we now have over 50 Indigenous and Indigenous-friendly organizations on board.”

Malawi has kicked things off with an exuberant group of children who have disabilities.

First Peoples Worldwide is encouraging proud indigenous folks worldwide to follow suit and submit their photos the Proud To Be Indigenous Facebook Page, of themselves holding a #Proud2BIndigenous. Non-Natives are welcome to submit photos of themselves holding <#ProudofIndigenous> signs.

Photos are pouring in, but starting Monday May 20, each day has a theme.

“Next week, we will be sharing and asking people to share content (articles, photos, videos, music, etc.) across five themes,” First Peoples Worldwide said in a press release.

On Monday, tell the world where you and your people are from, and talk about the ancestral land. And check the Facebook page for stories about indigenous land rights, land grabs and other stories about land.

“These themes serve as guides for what we will be sharing during the week,” the statement says. “If you have something to share at any time, don't hesitate—it is best just to share it any day of the week! We will be there to push it out to our network.”

Related: Proud to Be Indigenous Launched for UN Permanent Forum