Four Turtle Island instances for Native/Indigenous

Mastodon, Akkoma, PeerTube and Pixelfed instances

TurtleIsland.* instances are for North American Native/Indigenous only.

  • TurtleIsland.social is a (Twitter-like) Mastodon instance originally established Dec 2022. User registrations are available through the ‘Create Account’ portal at https://TurtleIsland.social/about.
  • TurtleIsland.rocks is a (Twitter-like) Akkoma instance originally established Dec 2023. User registrations are available through the ‘Registration’ portal at https://TurtleIsland.rocks/registration.
  • TurtleIsland.art is a (Instagram-like) Pixelfed instance originally established Sep 2023. Since Pixelfed currently doesn’t have a moderator approval/disapproval process, TurtleIsland.art accepts registrations from North American Native/Indigenous people by request from @Yehuda@TurtleIsland.social.
  • TurtleIsland.video is a (YouTube-like) PeerTube instance originally established Sep 2023. User registrations are available through the ‘Request an account’ portal at https://TurtleIsland.video.

TurtleIsland.* and Allies.* instances are ad-free, corporate-free, bigotry-free, and culture respectful environments for North American Native/Indigenous people and their allies to be in community and safe spaces. Join one, two, three or four today!

#DigitalLandBack #InstanceBack #LandBack

Thanks!
-Yehuda

Follow on Mastodon – TurtleIsland.social/@Yehuda
Follow on Mastodon – TurtleIsland.social/@Tzipporah
Follow on Mastodon – TurtleIsland.social/@Hvresse

Three Turtle Island instances for Allies

Mastodon, Akkoma and PeerTube instances for Allies

Allies.* instances are for allies of BIPOC/marginalized people only.

  • Allies.social is a (Twitter-like) Mastodon instance originally established Oct 2023. User registrations are available through the ‘Create account’ portal at https://Allies.social/about.
  • Allies.rocks is a (Twitter-like) Akkoma instance originally established Dec 2023. User registrations are available through the ‘Register’ portal at https://Allies.rocks/registration.
  • Allies.video is a (YouTube-like) PeerTube instance originally established Jan 2024. User registrations are available through the ‘Request an account’ portal at https://Allies.video.

TurtleIsland.* and Allies.* instances are ad-free, corporate-free, bigotry-free, and culture respectful environments for North American Native/Indigenous people and their allies to be in community and safe spaces. Join one, two or three today!

#DigitalLandBack #InstanceBack #LandBack

Thanks!
-Yehuda

Follow on Mastodon – TurtleIsland.social/@Yehuda
Follow on Mastodon – TurtleIsland.social/@Tzipporah
Follow on Mastodon – TurtleIsland.social/@Hvresse

Turtle Island Moderators Need Laptops

Please donate to or share this GoFundMe if you can

https://www.gofundme.com/f/turtle-island-moderators-need-laptops

Hesci! (Hello)

Michelle and Tzipporah, moderators for Turtle Island, a group of Indigenous social media servers need Apple laptops. Michelle doesn’t have a laptop, just a phone and Tzipporah’s laptop is over 7 years old, underpowered for creative work and on its last legs.

Both Michelle and Tzipporah are citizens of the Mvskoke Nation and live on modest artists incomes. They cannot buy graphics and video editing level laptops without our help, so we are crowdfunding to help them.

They need these laptops to support themselves/family with their creativity, and moderate Turtle Island as unpaid volunteers. Please help if you can.

Mvto! (Thank-you)
-Yehuda, Michelle & Tzipporah

Follow on Mastodon – TurtleIsland.social/@Yehuda
Follow on Mastodon – TurtleIsland.social/@Tzipporah
Follow on Mastodon – TurtleIsland.social/@Hvresse

TurtleIsland.video has arrived!

YouTube-like video sharing and great for artists/creatives

This post is a little late, but the Turtle Island PeerTube instance TurtleIsland.video is now in operation. Peertube, as you may know, is a YouTube-like ActivityPub enabled app. So it federates with our Mastodon instance TurtleIsland.social, Pixelfed instance TurtleIsland.art and other ActivityPub enabled instances.

Currently, registrations are open to all Native/Indigenous users.

We haven’t found any managed hosting for PeerTube that meets our standards yet, so we are self hosting this. However, this is a preinstalled docker container so hopefully the automatic upgrades should be painless. Videos are stored on a high-performance CDN with virtually unlimited capacity.

All configuration files, media and database storage are backed up daily to a remote secure object storage. In the extremely unlikely event of a system corruption, Turtle Island can be restored fresh in about an hour tops.

Ditto with system upgrades, due to the more surgical nature of the backups, upgrades will be a few minutes at worst. More than likely most upgrades will be a mere blip and not even noticeable.

Thanks!
-Yehuda

Follow on Mastodon – TurtleIsland.social/@Yehuda
Follow on Mastodon – TurtleIsland.social/@Tzipporah
Follow on Mastodon – TurtleIsland.social/@Hvresse

TurtleIsland.art has arrived!

Instagram-like photo sharing and great for artists/creatives

Sunday, September 10, 2023 – The Turtle Island Pixelfed instance TurtleIsland.art is now in operation. Pixelfed, as you may know, is an Instagram-like ActivityPub enabled app. So it federates with our Mastodon instance TurtleIsland.social and other ActivityPub enabled instances.

Currently, registrations are limited to TurtleIsland.social artist/creative users. If you’re a Native/Indigenous artist/creative and would like to give it a spin, sign up at TurtleIsland.social and send me (@Yehuda) a message requesting a login.

Importantly, Pixelfed is beta software and everything that implies. There are imperfections, but we felt it was important enough to be an early adopter. We haven’t found any managed hosting for Pixelfed that meets our standards yet, so we are self hosting this. However, this is a preinstalled docker container so hopefully the automatic upgrades should be painless. All in all though, everything is beta.

There will be once a week cold bare-vps snapshots on Wednesdays 5am-6pm. Additionally all configuration files, media and database storage are backed up daily to a remote secure object storage. In the extremely unlikely event of a system corruption, Turtle Island can be restored fresh in about an hour tops.

Ditto with system upgrades, due to the more surgical nature of the backups, upgrades will be a few minutes at worst. More than likely most upgrades will be a mere blip and not even noticeable.

Thanks!
-Yehuda

Follow on Mastodon – TurtleIsland.social/@Yehuda
Follow on Mastodon – TurtleIsland.social/@Tzipporah
Follow on Mastodon – TurtleIsland.social/@Hvresse

TurtleIsland.social has a new home!

Saabe Dream by Mishiikenh Kwe
Used with permission ©Mishiikenh Kwe https://www.instagram.com/mishiikenhkwe

TurtleIsland.social has moved to managed hosting

Sunday, September 10, 2023 – TurtleIsland.social moved to professional Mastodon instance hosting, including a complete migration of all the users and content too. So now we can scale to thousands and thousands of users, handle unlimited celebrities or other high impact users. And no more install/upgrade/backup headaches/anxieties for me. I can totally concentrate on the community now.

This will also increase our uptime. No more hour long Wednesday snapshots. All configuration files, media and database storage are backed up daily to a remote secure object storage. In the extremely unlikely event of a system corruption, Turtle Island can be restored fresh in about an hour tops.

Ditto with system upgrades, due to the more surgical nature of the backups, upgrades will be a few minutes at worst. More than likely most upgrades will be a mere blip and not even noticeable.

Thanks!
-Yehuda

Follow on Mastodon – TurtleIsland.social/@Yehuda
Follow on Mastodon – TurtleIsland.social/@Tzipporah
Follow on Mastodon – TurtleIsland.social/@Hvresse

Welcome to TurtleIsland.blog

Saabe Dream by Mishiikenh Kwe
Used with permission ©Mishiikenh Kwe https://www.instagram.com/mishiikenhkwe

Welcome to TurtleIsland.blog!

Welcome to this brand new NGINX web server. It has been running great so far, much much better than Apache. Still working on optimum configurations though. The content from IndigenousCreatives.social has been moved here, and much new content is planned.

Consider this site your go to place for TurtleIsland.social and TurtleIsland.art information, Native-Indigenous education and news.

#ChangeTheName #AntiIndigenous #Apache

So glad to be getting rid of racist jerks Apache Software Foundation products. Appropriation of Native people and names for products is not cool. I’m glad I have a better option. Sorry, I took this long to completely ditch Apache software.

I have used Apache since sometime in the 2nd half of the 1990’s. I had to compile it myself for whatever version of Unix at that time. Software distribution has come a long way since those days, ha! So here we are – NGINX moving forward.

#LEMP #Ubuntu #NGINX #MySQL #PHP #Webserver #Native #Indigenous #NDN #NativeMastodon #IndigenousMastodon #LandBack #InstanceBack #TurtleIsland #TurtleIslandSocial #TurtleIslandArt #TurtleIslandBlog

Thanks!
Yehuda and the Turtle Island Social/Art/Blog Team

P.S. Turtle Island Internet properties do not sell anything or charge fees. Turtle Island Internet properties are volunteer led and donation financed.

Follow on Mastodon – TurtleIsland.social/@Yehuda
Follow on Mastodon – TurtleIsland.social/@Tzipporah
Follow on Mastodon – TurtleIsland.social/@Hvresse

Cvkvlv.com Beadwork Grand Opening

New Native-American beadwork online store now open

Tzipporah Rothschild-Manory, Muscogee Nation citizen, today announced with great excitement that Cvkvlv.com Beadwork is now ready and open for business.

In celebration, their first collection of unique handmade Native-American beadwork is now available for purchase. As of this posting, there are 12 individual sets of earrings in stock and ready to ship!

Be sure to reach out to Tzipporah on @Tzipporah@turtleisland.social (Mastodon), Instagram.com/Cvkvlv, or Cvkvlv.com if you have any questions.

Mvto!
-Yehuda

Follow on Mastodon – TurtleIsland.social/@Yehuda
Follow on Mastodon – TurtleIsland.social/@Tzipporah
Follow on Mastodon – TurtleIsland.social/@Hvresse

Backup Wednesdays

Backup Wednesdays and other maintenance events

Just a reminder that all Turtle Island servers have weekly cold bare-metal or more accurately cold bare-virtual private server backups. In other words, the servers will be shutdown and backups made while they are off.

These backups will happen during the 5:00am-6:30am CST time period on Wednesday each week. Additionally, servers will occasionally undergo unscheduled upgrades and other maintenance events. Ordinarily upgrades include security fixes that need to be applied immediately. Usually these are done in daytime hours.

Hot database backups will also be performed daily, but these do not require downtime, and are fully transparent to users.

There will be no reminders each week for regularly scheduled backups, but know they are planned for every Wednesday. Unscheduled downtimes will be announced on my TurtleIsland.social account shortly before they happen if possible.

Thanks!
-Yehuda

Follow on Mastodon – TurtleIsland.social/@Yehuda
Follow on Mastodon – TurtleIsland.social/@Tzipporah
Follow on Mastodon – TurtleIsland.social/@Hvresse