Emojis used to spread and recognize culture

Digital activists committed with the indigenous community culture are creating emojis and struggling to reach the biggest digital platforms with them.

Throughout Latin America, indigenous languages ??digital activists are engaged in the development of culturally diverse emoji for use in electronic communications as a way to promote their language and native culture.


In the last two years, technology companies like Apple and Twitter have responded to the request for greater diversity of emoji, giving users the choice between different skin tones. Although the new emoji sometimes were used to discriminate, the additions have been held and opened the door to new applications include other cultures and regions, such as a request that the hijab as an option is added.

Among those who would like to see their culture reflected in emoji indigenous groups are. Instead of waiting that companies eventually include some Internet users have taken responsibility for creating their own emoji.

Padhum Luis Flores, a native of the state of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, is a digital activist who promotes his native tongue, the Huasteca (also known as Tének). Among his current projects it is the creation of a set of emoji faces traditional headdresses and hats, who shared on his Facebook account.

And the professor of Mapuche origin Carilaf Victor has met with the Chilean artist Kimeltuwe Fiestoforo to launch an initiative that promotes the Mapudungun language of the Mapuche people in Chile and Argentina. As part of the project, they created illustrations depicting the Mapuche culture with emphasis on the transmission of the local language. Among the illustrations there emoji faces and people with traditional dress, the creators encourage their 112,000 fans on Facebook to use in their communications.

In both projects, its creators are still looking for ways to fully integrate emoji in different messaging platforms. For now, they have been using them as images or stickers available to be downloaded, altered and shared as jpeg files or other image formats comments or messages.

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