Indigen is a blockchain project designed to preserve indigenous cultures and languages; to protect the identities, rights and properties, and to uplift lives of the poor indigenous people.
THE CURRENT SITUATION
Let’s face it, native cultures are slowly fading away because of fast-paced modernization and industrialization.
Languages being forgotten, customs and traditions becoming merely part of history, beliefs and practices of the first people slowly disappearing due to lack of interest from younger generations.
On top of that, countless crimes committed against our poor indigenous people such as land grabbing, rape and murder, and lack of financial, medical and educational support from governments.
OUR PROPOSED SOLUTION
What if we can change all that, using the latest technology that appeals to the younger generations, which in turn can bring back their interest and reverse the deadly effect of modernization on their very own unique and endangered identities?
Welcome to Indigen Foundation
The very first cryptocurrency and blockchain project designed specifically to uplift the lives of the poor indigenous people, for the preservation of their cultures, and to revive their slowly vanishing identities.
Our vision is very clear, our mission is grand. But without the full support and participation directly from the indigenous population themselves, no one is going anywhere from this very same situation.
That is why we are pursuing a different kind of approach using blockchain that promises a breakthrough and disruptive technology, and offers the most secured, inalterable yet traceable, and decentralized data storage for protecting the identities and properties of the indigenous people.
We at Indigen believe that in order to preserve native cultures and traditions, we must first preserve their languages. That is why this 2019, to coincide with the declaration by the UN as International Year of Indigenous Languages (iyil2019.org), we have started working on a project which involves research and collection of indigenous languages to help revive and preserve various native dialects.
The project is called B.U.I.L.D. which is an acronym for Blockchain Unabridged Indigenous Language Database since we are using distributed ledger technology (DLT) as the repository of data due to the decentralized and immutable nature of blockchain and the ability to time stamp information and to keep track of historical records.
Many think that blockchain is just a hyped promise, with no real impact to our society. We want to prove them wrong, through our series of blockchain projects that will impact both the social and economic aspects of the lives of the indigenous people.
Just like most of the blockchain projects currently, we too came up with our own utility coin to incentivize active participants who will contribute in the research and compilation of the many (and mostly forgotten) languages of the native people. We hope to entice all individuals — such as students, teachers and even community elders — to make our project a reality by sharing their time and knowledge in the pursuit of our objectives.
The role of our utility coin is to be the primary mode of incentives for individuals whenever they contribute to our collection of native languages, and other activities that will encourage them to actively participate. Likewise, for our partner merchants and institutions, they will need our coin to tap into our database for promoting their services and/or to give donations to whichever indigenous groups they want to support.
Artificial Intelligence Will Play a Key Role
Furthermore, once the data have been recorded on the blockchain, we will apply A.I. or machine learning technologies to allow real-time translations between native languages or tribal dialects. This way, we hope to bridge the gap between various tribes and eliminate the thought of cultural differences and language barriers.
BUILD is Just the Beginning
For a user to be able to input an entry into the database of indigenous languages, and for a user to upvote an entry, one must be registered and confirmed of their personal identity. This will ensure that all who participate are verifiable human beings and not bots that are simply spamming the system.
This leads us to another potential blockchain project: Digital Identity.
One of the major problems in most of the impoverished nations, especially among the native populations, is lack of proper identification systems which if solved, will have beneficial effects to both the person that needs to be identified and the party that needs to identify a certain person. In cases such as aid provision, loan application and various governmental services, a secure and trustworthy identification process of the beneficiary is very crucial in order to efficiently, cost-effectively, and securely deliver the necessary services or grant to a recipient. So a blockchain-based digital identity system will have huge impact on a global perspective.
From this alone, many other blockchain-based innovative projects can be developed, including an immutable registry of properties to protect the indigenous people from land grabbing by the rich, powerful and corrupt government officials; efficient supply chain management of indigenous products from the farmers to the consumers; fraud-free voting system and more.
There is so much more that needs to be written about this project on a technical level, so we will write the complete specifications on a separate article and they will be made available in progressive phases on our web site. But in summary, our ecosystem will be powered by Indigen coin and all token holders will own a share of the profits that will be generated.
Native languages are slowly being forgotten by younger generations due to fast-paced modernization. Once we start forgetting our native tongue, we will also start to forget our traditions, arts, and history. Through BUILD, we hope to gain back the interest of the younger generations and help preserve their unique identity. Your invaluable support can take us a long, long way.
To enable us to secure the needed funding for this huge project, we created a token on the Ethereum platform called Indigen ST (IDGT) and launched a token sale or ICO which started on January 1, 2019.
Indigen ST (Symbol: IDGT) is an ERC-20 token on the Ethereum blockchain that will reward its holders of the required amount of IDGT with dividends from our future projects, paid out in ETH using a Smart Contract.
IDGT will be minted as needed, but the maximum supply that will ever be minted is 100,000,000 IDGT only wherein each 1,000,000 IDGT represents 1% of the full shares. Starting 1st January 2019, we offered to sell at tiered pricing up to 40,000,000 IDGT or an equivalent of 40% shares.
- Initial pricing set for the first 10,000,000 IDGT is at $0.02 : 1 IDGT
- New Year Bonus on January 1 – 6, 2019 @ 1 ETH = 19,000 IDGT
- Pre-sale starts January 7, 2019 @ 1 ETH = 10,000 IDGT
- Token Sale starts February 1 to June 30, 2019 @ 1 ETH = 7,000 IDGT
To learn more about Indigen, and to participate in our pre-sale program, follow the very simple instruction here: https://www.indigen.foundation/idgt
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