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Overcoming the Odds to Reach My Dreams: An Indigenous Artist’s Story

Indigenous Peoples

Story by We’e’ena Tikuna, Tikuna, Brazil, age 30 . I am We’e’ena Tikuna, a member of the Tikuna people of Brazil. My name means “the jaguar that swims to the other side in the river.” My story is the story of an Indigenous woman who has overcome many obstacles. I was born in the Tikuna Umariaçu

The Pati Karapau Ceremony of Nua Lu’a (Palu’e Island), Nusa Tenggara Timur Province, Indonesia

Langscape Magazine

Story by Fauzi Bin Abdul Majid, age 24, Palu’e I am a Palu’e, one of the Indigenous peoples of Indonesia. I am a student in the English Education Study Program of Nusa Nipa University of Maumere, Indonesia. I’m going do my thesis about our traditional culture, Palu’e. When I was looking for the best subject

Learning to Write My Native Language: The Newari Ranjana Script of Nepal

Indigenous Languages

Story by Manju Maharjan and Yuvash Vaidya (Newar, Nepal), ages 23 and 28 We are Newars, the Indigenous people of the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. We are worshippers in the Hindu and Buddhist traditions and belong to several different ethnic groups, but historically we all spoke a common language, Newari. While the language is prevalent

“They call me Umusangwabutaka”: My People Were the First to Reach This Land, but Today We Don’t Own Any of It

biocultural diversity

Story by Marie Michelle Hirwa, age 32, Rwanda I am Marie Michelle Hirwa, born on September 12, 1986. I was born into a family of seven children in the Kacyiru commune, now called Gasabo, in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. Both my mum and dad passed away when I was 9 years old. Most of

Ewaso Ng’iro Camel Caravan

biocultural diversity

Video and text by Laissa Malih (Kenyan Laikipian Maasai), age 25 The Ewaso Ng’iro Camel Caravan is a five-day annual journey for climate change adaptation and peaceful co-existence along the Ewaso Ng’iro River in Kenya. The purpose is to promote shared understanding of threats facing the river, along with the cooperation needed to lessen them. Camels are used

Lessons of the Maasai Warriors (Morani)

Indigenous Languages

Story by Edna Kilusu (Tanzanian Maasai), age 19   “Do not come back after I lock the door,” my mother says, warning me not to be late returning tonight. While she milks the cows, I quickly build the fire and ensure that it is ready for making ugali, an everyday meal of corn flour and water

Ita | A Special Food for a Special Time in an Indonesian Community

Lina A. Karolin I carefully cut the rice stalks in front of me. “Make sure you do not leave any stalk behind,” said Grandma Kader, my great-grandmother. “If you leave a sprig, the rice will cry and won’t come back again, which is why the next harvest will not be good,” she said with a serious

Making Haku Chhoyala | Food Brings a Nepalese Indigenous Community Together

Sheetal Vaidya, Manju Maharjan, and Prakash Khadgi . Evolutionary studies of the human brain conclude that intelligence is directly linked to meat consumption  —  not because of its nutritional qualities but because of the cognitive abilities that are needed for the strategic sharing of meat within groups. The intellectual capacity needed for such sharing is believed

CreativeVoice | Cooking Stories with Native Maize

biocultural diversity

by Flor Rivera López . This is the story of a project aiming to promote native maize biodiversity conservation in Mexico. It started when I was having a conversation with native maize farmers there about transgenic corn and its potential effects. An elderly farmer told me, “You are concerned about what kind of seed we will

Reviving Foods, Preserving Culture: My Journey as an Indigenous Food Entrepreneur

Indigenous knowledge

by Aruna Tirkey . I want to share with you the story of a journey I have begun. I am not on my way to a physical destination; rather, I am moving toward a goal: to revive local and Indigenous food as a means to strengthen my own Indigenous culture. To get there, I’m not counting on