DIGNITY: Tribes in Transition

Dana Gluckstein

TRIBES IN TRANSITION EDUCATION FUND (TTEF), a nonprofit organization, was established in 2008 to educate and raise awareness in support of Indigenous Peoples. The current focus of TTEF is the international traveling photography exhibition, DIGNITY: …


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TRIBES IN TRANSITION EDUCATION FUND (TTEF), a nonprofit organization, was established in 2008 to educate and raise awareness in support of Indigenous Peoples. The current focus of TTEF is the international traveling photography exhibition, DIGNITY: TRIBES IN TRANSITION, which includes 60 black and white photographs from the book, DIGNITY, In Honor of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by Dana Gluckstein. The art exhibition focuses on the urgent need for implementation of the recently adopted United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Gluckstein, President of TTEF, was invited to the World Economic Forum (WEF), in January 2013, in Davos, Switzerland as a faculty member on the Arts and Culture panels. As one of twenty five international artists selected, Gluckstein addressed many of the world’s leading stakeholders and change-makers on the theme of “improving the state of the world through the arts by shifting mind sets.”

The DIGNITY campaign helped create the “tipping point” for President Obama to adopt the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In the summer of 2011, the U.S. sponsored the DIGNITY exhibition at the U.N. in Geneva, Switzerland. The opening night reception was hosted by the United States and coordinated with the fourth annual U.N. session of the Expert Mechanism of Indigenous Leaders. Gluckstein was the keynote speaker along with U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Mrs. Betty King, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mrs. Navanethem Pillay, and Director-General of the United Nations Office of Geneva, Mr. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. DIGNITY, the book, was published in association with Amnesty International for their 50th anniversary in 2010, and is now in its second publication in English and German

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