A kid participates in the first World Indigenous Games, celebrated in 2015 in Brazil Photo: Tiago Zenero/UNDP Brazil
Indigenous peoples in Japan
The Ainu, indigenous peoples in Japan, were once considered a dying ethnic group due to assimilation policies implemented by the Government. Today, efforts are being made to conserve the rich culture and language of the Ainu, including their traditional rituals, dance, crafts and music.
Language is key to a brighter future for region that ‘inspired’ Tolkien
Karelia in the Russian Federation is a land of lakes, rivers and forests whose culture inspired Lord of the Rings author, J.R.R. Tolkien – the community proudly says - but it is at risk from climate change, big industry and a language that is in danger of dying out.
In an interview with Daniel Johnson, Alexey Tsykarev, from the Centre for Support of Indigenous Peoples in Karelia, maintains that indigenous languages and centuries-old practices need far greater protection.
In the Bolivian countryside an appetizing industry has taken off, bringing a sweet new business to rural areas: chocolate production. Get to know how FAO is helping indigenous communities in Bolivia take this chocolate industry to the next level.
“There used to be a lot of wildlife here in my father’s and grandfather’s time: deer, tapir, capybara and peccaries,” explains Asaph, a traditional hunter from the Wapishana indigenous tribe in the Rupununi region of Guyana. “There are still some animals in the Kanuku Mountains, but they are harder to find.” To help boost wildlife populations, Asaph is now the vice president of his local conservation group and a wildlife ranger.
In Samoa (Oceania), the term ‘nofotane’ refers to indigenous women who, after marriage, live in their husband’s village with the husband’s family. The Fund for Gender Equality project implemented by Samoa Victims Support Group, improved nofotane women’s access to employment and increased their participation within village decision-making bodies.