Category Archives: Indigenous people

Amazon Tribe creates 500-page Traditional Medicine Encyclopedia

In one of the great tragedies of our age, indigenous traditions, stories, cultures and knowledge are winking out across the world. Whole languages and mythologies are vanishing, and in some cases even entire indigenous groups are falling into extinction. This … Continue reading

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Egalitarian Societies

Greater equality of wealth, of power and of prestige has been achieved in certain hunting and gathering societies than in any other human societies. These societies, which have economies based on immediate rather than delayed return, are assertively egalitarian. Equality … Continue reading

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Knitting meaning – Understanding a Cultural Practice of Indigenous Communities

The main objective of this study is to understand the origin, history, and meaning that lie behind the practice of knitting mochilas, which is a daily activity of women, both young and old in the Arhuaca community. This study has … Continue reading

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Cultural Genocide against Aboriginal People – Canada’s Report

For over a century, the central goals of Canada’s Aboriginal policy were to eliminate Aboriginal governments; ignore Aboriginal rights; terminate the Treaties; and, through a process of assimilation, cause Aboriginal peoples to cease to exist as distinct legal, social, cultural, … Continue reading

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Hierarchy in the Forest: The Evolution of Egalitarian Behavior

Are humans by nature hierarchical or egalitarian? Hierarchy in the Forest addresses this question by examining the evolutionary origins of social and political behavior. Christopher Boehm, an anthropologist whose fieldwork has focused on the political arrangements of human and nonhuman … Continue reading

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Intellectual Property, Indigenous People and their Knowledge

After colonization, indigenous people faced an extractive property rights regime for both their land and knowledge. This book outlines that regime, and how the symbolic function of international intellectual property continues today to assist states to enclose indigenous peoples’ knowledge. … Continue reading

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Ecological Complexity, Fuzzy Logic, and Holism in Indigenous Knowledge

Some indigenous knowledge is said to be holistic in the way it deals with the environment. Given the difficulties of Western science with complex environmental problems, any insights from the holism of indigenous knowledge are of major interest. Based on … Continue reading

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Wasase: Indigenous Pathways of Action and Freedom

This seminar consists of a detailed reading and discussion of Taiaiake Alfred’s new book, Wasáse: Indigenous Pathways of Action and Freedom, which focuses on the restoration of the warrior ethic as the basis for regenerating indigenous identities and struggles to … Continue reading

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Indigenous Leadership in a Westernized World

The world needs leaders, not politicians. Live Indigenously, Live Consciously, and allow passion to flow with tears when it needs to. I feel that leadership is something that cannot be developed or taught.   Leadership can be mentored but not from … Continue reading

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Decolonizing Indigenous Communities

As Indigenous people we have heard the many half-truths from the federal government and know about the areas of need within our respective reservations on a local and regional basis. We know what we need, and where we lack in … Continue reading

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