Indigenous [people]: These are people who are native to a particular place. However, there’s more to it than that. Indigenous people were there before colonial powers arrived, invaded, and overtook their land. Most of them were exposed to extreme amounts of oppression. Nowadays, they are not dominant in the societies they live in, yet they strive to preserve their social and political institutions, their culture, land, and identities. (In fact, they have been working with the United Nations to be granted their own human rights.)Some groups completely separate themselves from dominant culture, while others are more “bi-cultural”, which means that they engage in some “modern” activities. Indigenous people are found all over the world and have a strong connection (physical and spiritual) to their land. Each type of indigenous peoples has its own unique identity based on experiences, values, and where they live.
- There are over 300 million indigenous peoples, which is about 4% of the population of the world.
- The “International Day of the World’s Indigenous People” is on August 9.
This is a picture of the “Aboriginal Dreamtime Team” in the Rugby League World Cup. It was taken by paddynapper on October 24, 2008. As you can see, these men are considered to be “bi-cultural” because they are dressed in their traditional garb, yet they are active in a sport that is part of Australia’s dominant culture. This picture, taken by Adam Jones, Ph.D. in May of 2005, shows another type of indigenous people. These children are from Bolivia. I wanted to put this image up as well to further emphasize that indigenous people really are all over the world and are unique in their own way(s).