Indigenous peoples

06.05.2021

Brazil: the impacts of wildcat mining for women

Brazil: the impacts of wildcat mining for women

Indigenous peoples live in distress, anguish, and fear due to the illegal activity and the risk of mercury contamination By Martha Raquel Illicit mining activity has daily impacts on indigenous peoples in Brazil. Invasions ushered by wildcat mining meddle and disrupt the dynamics and lives of communities in the… »

30.04.2021

Kabylia: the Fate of a Nation Without a State for Autonomy and Independence

Kabylia: the Fate of a Nation Without a State for Autonomy and Independence

Kabylia is a mountainous region in North Africa. Its inhabitants call it in Kabyle “Tamurt Idurar” (Country of the Mountains) or “Tamurt Leqvayel” (Country of the Kabyles). It is part of the Atlas Mountains and is located by the Mediterranean Sea. Kabylia has seven administrative divisions: Tizi ouzou, Bejaia (Bgayet),… »

28.04.2021

FROM THE FIELD: Rights of indigenous peoples highlighted in UN photo exhibit

FROM THE FIELD: Rights of indigenous peoples highlighted in UN photo exhibit

The rights of indigenous people to make decisions about their cultural heritage and traditional way of life is being recognized in a United Nations photo exhibition. The UN estimates there are some 476 million indigenous people in more than 90 countries around the world who have been denied the opportunity… »

27.04.2021

How Maya Culture Can Teach Us to Reevaluate Ourselves

How Maya Culture Can Teach Us to Reevaluate Ourselves

Two semesters ago I took a course at SUNY Cortland called Maya Culture. Going into this class, I was expecting to learn the history of the Maya, and how the effects of colonialism still affect them today. What I was not expecting to learn was how this culture would cause… »

17.04.2021

The legacy of Bolivia’s El Mallku: ‘Self-governance is fundamental’ for indigenous peoples

The legacy of Bolivia’s El Mallku: ‘Self-governance is fundamental’ for indigenous peoples

Written by Ruben Hilari ‘Jiwaspach apnaqasiña’ has become a motto of the Aymara people In Bolivia, the slogan “Jiwaspachaw apnaqasjañasa” (“Self-governance is fundamental”) can often be heard in indigenous Aymara communities—in meetings, assemblies, city neighborhoods, conferences, in the media, and in conversations with the local people, especially young… »

04.04.2021

The story of the Iranian new year, Nowruz, and why its themes of renewal and healing matter

The story of the Iranian new year, Nowruz, and why its themes of renewal and healing matter

ANCESTRAL CULTURE         by Pardis Mahdavi As the days grow longer and the flowers start to bloom, my 5-year-old gets excited and exclaims, “Nowruz is coming.” Nowruz – or “new day” in English – is the Iranian new year. Celebrated at the exact moment of the spring… »

04.04.2021

Keeping the cultural heritage of Northern Kankanaey traditional potters alive

Keeping the cultural heritage of Northern Kankanaey traditional potters alive

INDIGENOUS CRAFTS AND CULTURE         by Genevieve Balance-Kupang “To be rooted is perhaps one of the most important and least recognized needs of the human soul.” -Simon Weil (1987:41) Rootedness in one’s cultural heritage: Dayaw di I-Bila (pride of the Bila people) Rootedness in one’s cultural heritage… »

01.04.2021

The watchtower on the mountain of Dagestan’s indigenous languages

The watchtower on the mountain of Dagestan’s indigenous languages

An interview with a Kaitag language digital activist from Dagestan Magomed Magomedov is a Kaitag language activist from the Russian republic of Dagestan and the creator of a unique portal, Avzag (“avzag” means “language” in Ossetian), dedicated to indigenous Caucasian languages. The portal hosts samples of Caucasian languages’ bizarre… »

29.03.2021

Please, Latin America, Take Care of Your Children

Please, Latin America, Take Care of Your Children

Last week, President Biden nominated Vice President Harris to oversee the immigration issue at U.S. southern border, where thousands of unaccompanied minors are arriving from Central America. A few days later, ex-President Trumps said that “he will probably visit the southern border in coming weeks,” taking the crisis as an… »

14.03.2021

TENGAW, OB-OBBO, LUMDANG, AND BEGNAS: Northern Kankanaey Cultural Rites for Well-being and Solidarity

TENGAW, OB-OBBO, LUMDANG, AND BEGNAS: Northern Kankanaey Cultural Rites for Well-being and Solidarity

INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S CULTURE         by Genevieve Balance Kupang Resolved with the belief that mutual understanding, ecumenical, inter-religious and [intercultural] dialogue constitute an important dimension of a culture of peace, a special gathering was held at Bauko Catholic School, the culmination of the 2020 “Year of Ecumenism,… »

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