A celebration of indigenous cultures around the world

A celebration of indigenous cultures around the world

There around 400 million indigenous people living worldwide from 5,000 different cultures.

They live in non-urbanized societies. Most have had little to no contact with the modern world and have preserved their traditional ways of living.

International organizations, like the United Nations, have set laws to preserve these cultures and prevent exploitation of these people.

Here just some of the many indigenous cultures around the world...

The Munduruku

The Munduruku people of Brazil live in the Amazon River Basin.

The Munduruku have a numeric system with number words up to only five

Today, the tribe faces threats to their homelands from hydroelectric projects, illegal gold-panning, and new waterway construction on the Tapajós River

Indigenous Australians

At the time of European settlement, over 250 native languages were spoken in Australia.

Around half of these still languages remain, but only 13 of them are not considered endangered.

Music has helped preserve this 50,000-year-old culture.

The Aboriginal people of Australia are known for playing an instrument called a didgeridoo, which was traditionally played by people of only the eastern Kimberley region and Arnhem Land.

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The Inuit

The Inuit are a group of indigenous peoples living in the Arctic regions of Greenland, Canada and Alaska.

Traditionally, their diets consist of narwhals, seals, walruses, caribous, fish, birds and sometimes even polar bears.

The kayak was originally invented by the Inuit in order to paddle through the harsh waters of the Arctic region.

The Māori

The Māori are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand.

Humans did not inhabit New Zealand until about 1,200 years ago. The first people to arrive there were the Maori, who traveled the seas in giant canoes

Specific Maori traditions are still practiced at certain events. At weddings, a relative of the groom traditionally challenges the father of the bride to a fight. The bride's father then approaches the challenger and is instead warmly greeted.

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