Monday, February 25, 2008

February 12 - 18: Five Key Indigenous People's Issues

Five Important Indigenous People's Issues for the Week of February 12 - 18, 2008.

Respecting Cultural Protocol Among Indigenous Peoples

It was reported on January 07 this year (The National, pp.3) that a group of Bougainvilleans removed an advertising sign-board of a certain telecommunications company, somewhere on Buka, which portrayed the sacred “Upe” hat in a form which seriously violated what we may refer to as “cultural protocol”. Cultural protocol being the rules and regulations which guide the use of such cultural properties; whether they be sacred or otherwise. Read the rest here...

Kenya Honey-Gathering Indigenous Forest Tribe Caught in Violence

The violence that has swept across Kenya since December's presidential election has hit the tiny forest-dwelling Ogiek tribe, bringing to the fore grievances that have been simmering for years. The Ogiek, best known for their traditional methods of beekeeping, have become caught up in ethnic clashes following the vote, resulting in the deaths of nine tribal members at the hands of police, according to leaders. The rest of the story is here...

In the Indigenous Mapuche People’s Homeland

Before the latest outbreak of protests and unrest among Mapuche Indians in the southern Chilean region of Araucanía, IPS visited the village of Temucuicui, whose residents have complained for years about judicial persecution and police brutality in response to their claims to their ancestral land. Read more here...

Argentina's Indigenous Guarani People See Benefits in Isolation

There is a dark shadow hanging over Fort Mborore, a Guarani indigenous community in north-eastern Argentina, near its border with Brazil. Last year, two of its youngsters killed themselves in the same week. There have been other suicides. Guarani who simply could not see a future for themselves or their community in a fast-changing modern world. Read more here...

Pantanal Indigenous Peoples Threatened by Deforestation

The indigenous peoples of the central-western Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul do not look like the tribes portrayed in film, decked out in colourful clothing and adornments and depending on their natural surroundings to survive in the Amazon jungle. But some of their problems are similar to their Amazonian counterparts, and in some cases even more serious. Read the rest of the story here...

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