A kid participates in the first World Games of Indigenous People, celebrated in 2015.

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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.

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Members of the indigenous community in Karelia

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.

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Jesús Camacho, José Luís Alfaro and Lucio Flores, tree nursery managers demonstrating how cacao trees grow in a tree nursery built with FFF funding

Bolivia’s sweet new industry

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.

Indigenous man sitting in a rock and pointing a natural area

Indigenous peoples restore the balance between wildlife and food security

“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.

Two indigenous women smiling to camera

We are equal, we are important, say nofotane women of Samoa

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.