Indigenous People

Scott Church
The United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization's Indigenous Peoples Site
This is the UNESCO site for news, information, history and their extensive programs and policies for the world's indigenous populations. The United Nations has always advocated for the world's indigenous populations on every continent. The UNESCO offices track the history of these peoples, the threats they face, and the cultural heritages they stand to lose if measures aren't taken to preserve them. They also track which cultures are in danger of disappearing entirely. They maintain a number of programs to help these cultures survive into the 21st century. This web site contains news, information about the history and cultures of indigenous peoples on every continent, and what UNESCO is doing to help preserve them. The site also provides access to their extensive library of publications on everything from the demographics of such cultures, to what languages and art forms are most in jeopardy of disappearing due to a variety of threats, including western incursion, multinational corporation activity and development.
The United Nations' Indigenous Peoples Site
This is yet another United Nations sponsored site for their Indigenous Peoples programs, news and information about the world's cultures. The United Nations has many programs in place working to protect indigenous cultures, including those of UNESCO (linked above), the U.N. Development Programm (UNDP), and the World Bank. This site collectively provides access to the resources of all these programs. It has extensive information on issues currently facing these cultures, their history and demographics, details about the various programs currently in place, and access to a large library of publications. Most importantly, it also features a Geneva office Hot Line for human rights violations and information on how to report such violations online and by phone wherever they are found.
The World Wide Web Virtual Library: Indigenous Studies
This is an online library of the world's indigenous cultures, their history, their cultures, demographics and the threats they face in the 21st century. Maintained by the Center for World Indigenous Studies (CWIS) and the Chief George Manuel Library, it is quite possibly the most extensive online resource in existence on indigenous cultures from every continent. It is an excellent resource for learning of the history, demographics, cultures, and the threats facing nearly every culture on Earth, and who is doing what to preserve them. The Center for World Indigenous Studies (CWIS) is an independent, non-profit research and education organization dedicated to wider understanding and appreciation of the ideas and knowledge of indigenous peoples and the social, economic and political realities of indigenous nations.
Indigenous Peoples of the ainforest
Rainforest Action Network
This is article on the issues facing indigenous cultures in the Amazon rainforest from the Rainforest Action Network. It is currently thought that the Amazon rainforest is being lost at a rate that could eliminate it within 50 to 100 years. This rate of loss is unprecedented in human history and presents a bewildering array of challenges. The indigenous cultures of this region live and work as they have for centuries, and everything they need for their survival and that of their culture comes from the rainforest. Furthermore, it is now thought that the medicine that these peoples have developed over the centuries may have untold benefits to offer the west, not the least of which are possible leads on cures for many cancers and AIDS. If these cultures vanish, so does their knowledge. This article gives a short and very readable discussion of who these peoples are, their history and what the threats they face from a wide range of local and western incursions in the 21st century.


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