For the small Naso indigenous community of Panama, the curtain of 2009 opened on a heart wrenching scene of conflict over the native people’s longtime demand for respect of their territory and natural resources. As they watched heavy machinery demolish their houses and tear up their land, residents of San San Druy in the northern […]
“The thing that hurt most about being Ainu was the self-loathing — I was negative about myself and thought I was ugly,” says Mina Sakai, the leader of the Ainu Rebels, a dynamic music ensemble of young Ainu performers.
“We are People of the Mountain, children of the wild forest, and for these reasons they are going to have to take our lives” :-Eder Burgos, coordinator of Camawari. The Government is using the massacres as an excuse to militarize the tribal areas.
An odd definition of saving seems to be being used here, but “A new documentary called The Linguists, airing Today on PBS, follows ethnographers David Harrison and Greg Anderson as they race to document endangered languages in some of the most remote corners of the world.”
Oren R. Lyons is a traditional Faithkeeper of the turtle Clan. His video, “We all are one” was added to the openanthropology.vodspot.tv page today. The open anthropology page has other videos that look interesting too.
Tingginambut & Puncak Jaya situation dire. Latest news from the ground is that numbers of Papuans are dying of hunger after the month-long Indonesian military operation in the area. The presence of large numbers of TNI and POLRI throughout Puncak Jaya has prevented Papuans from tending their gardens to feed themselves. Villages destroyed, pigs killed […]
Hollywood big shots got a taste of reality as their plans for building a Hollywood-style studio in the northern part of South Africa were blocked by the local Khoi-San community, tribes commonly known in the West as Bushmen. The local population is preserving their culture, with some families practicing the traditional hunting and gathering lifestyle, […]
The Awá are one of the last nomadic hunter-gatherer tribes in Brazil. About 60 Awá have no contact with outsiders. Although most live in legally recognized reserves, the Awá are hemmed into ever smaller spaces as loggers, settlers and cattle ranchers invade their land and cut down their forest.
The president of Botswana has told the Bushmen that their way of life (which has been successful for hundreds of times longer than our civilization) is an “archaic fantasy”.
As if poor farmers and hunter-gatherer tribes didn’t have enough land problems already! Now rich corporations are buying huge swathes of land in Africa and elsewhere. This week, the South Korean firm Daewoo Logistics announced plans to buy a 99-year lease on a million hectares in Madagascar. This trend cannot avoid the consequence of increased […]