Canku Ota - A Newsletter Celebrating Native America
June 3, 2000-Issue 11

No Boundaries
Editor's note: After being contacted by these young people, and corresponding with them, I was truly touched by their enthusiasm and respect. Although their web site is not up and running--YET--the project is very much alive. They are just one more example of how we can make a difference....Vicki

Our site is supposed to be a kind of meet-and-greet for First Nations peoples all over the world, kind of an Aboriginal AOL. Each people will be represented by their version of the message "Let's all work together!" that will act as a link to different community websites, e-mail addresses/pop-ups, pictures and maps, etc. that tell about the peoples.

Little kids at elementary schools in Nunavut will be able to quickly find their own pages or find out about and link to other peoples, maybe many they've never heard of before. Instant penpal possibilities.

We started out thinking about doing this with just the North and South American peoples in mind -- that's why we lined up English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Danish first -- to reach from Greenland to South America.
But very quickly word of our project has spread (we began on it in December 1999), and so we're reaching out to aboriginal peoples everywhere, especially with the help of Russian, German, French, Italian, Japanese,
Korean, and Aboriginal Australian and Pacific Island friends. We're still establishing relationships with Chinese and Middle Eastern friends and friends from India. We're also starting to hear from African friends. We want to include everyone. We figured out that just by getting peoples everywhere to think about this project, we are starting to get people to all work together! We're actually doing what we thought it would take the webpage itself to do.

It's been very exciting to find out about all the different peoples and hear their stories and realize that the things we thought were different aren't really, and the things we thought were the same aren't. All roads are good.

We are high school and college students of various tribes and at various schools here in the Denver area. We met at school and at the Denver March PowWow. Some of us have traveled a lot and some of us have never been anywhere else. We don't see language as a problem. Whatever we can't speak we are finding people on the web who will help us. This is the NO BOUNDARIES project.

It will take all of us to bring us all together! But all of us together can do more than each of us working alone. We started out the project feeling small in front of a big project. We found out that we are not alone and that we can move mountains. Each of our peoples is one alongside all the other peoples. And all of our voices count. Each people has some information about what it means to be human. Everybody has some of the answers. When we get together we find out what it really means to be completely human.

Can you help us with our project?

Along with 12 other Native students (various tribes), I'm helping to make a webpage that will have the unity message "Let's all work together!" (or similar one "We have to live together in peace.") translated into many languages. So far we only have 290 of the world's 6700 languages. We need help finding more peoples who would like to participate. We want to include everyone. Can you help us translate? Do you know anyone who would? Please contact us:

The NO BOUNDARIES Project (Anita, Archia, Beni, Delbert, Doreen, Mark, May,
Paul, Phyllis, Rick, Sal, Tom, Vida),,
453 Van Gordon, 8-239,,
Lakewood, CO
80228-1210 USA.
USA tel 303-989-4763
e-mail: or

'Ara'ya:ikm / Thank you.

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