Indigenous peoples

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,… »

03.03.2021

5 Years Since her Assassination, Movements Across Globe Demand Justice for Berta Cáceres

5 Years Since her Assassination, Movements Across Globe Demand Justice for Berta Cáceres

Berta’s organization, COPINH, has called for a series of global actions to intensify the struggle demanding justice in her case Five years have passed since Berta Cáceres was assassinated in her home in La Esperanza, Honduras. Berta was the co-founder and coordinator of the Civic Council of Popular… »

18.01.2021

From tears to joy

From tears to joy

Deb Haaland’s nomination for Secretary of the Interior raises hopes for long-neglected Indigenous communities By Linda Pentz Gunter “For many Native Americans, the Department of the Interior has been known as a back-alley haven for shills, thieves and crooked, money-hungry American Indian-hating cronies. “But now, we’ll have… »

12.01.2021

Yennayer 2971: Berber New Year in North Africa

Yennayer 2971: Berber New Year in North Africa

In North Africa among the Berbers, the January 12th is the 1st day of the year 2971 of the Amazigh (Berber) calendar which begins in 950 BC, date of the victory of the Berber king Chachnaq over the pharaoh Ramses III where the Berber king Sheshonq I was enthroned Pharaoh… »

29.12.2020

Western Sahara: A Rare Look Inside Africa’s Last Colony as U.S. Recognizes Moroccan Occupation

Western Sahara: A Rare Look Inside Africa’s Last Colony as U.S. Recognizes Moroccan Occupation

The United States has become the first nation in the world to recognize Morocco’s annexation of Western Sahara. The Trump administration announced the major policy shift on December 10 — International Human Rights Day — as part of a deal that saw Morocco become the fourth Arab nation to normalize… »

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