Indigenous peoples make up 300-350 million people around the world. They live in the mountains of the Himalayas, the Amazon rain forest, the Gobi Desert, the Congo jungle, the plains of Patagonia & the Serengeti and on the icecaps of the North Pole. They have adapted to all environments in order to survive and thrive.
We’ve begun this unit by taking a look at indigenous people and issues they face through the story of the Maori people. Here are two of the first assignments.
Next, we’re going to examine the Baka people from central Africa through a National Geographic special on them. We’re also going to learn about the work of Colin Turnbull and his famous book, The Forest People. This is the assignment.
Now on to the websites…
One of the world’s largest and most visited sites, Wikipedia, also has a great deal of information concerning native peoples from around the world. There are hundreds of different indigenous tribes listed here. Look through the list and find one you might be interested in.
Many groups of people are working in the modern world to protect indigenous peoples in different nations. The threats are political, environmental, economic, medical and more. Some groups, like the two listed below are non-profit organizations that support their rights.
Here’s another site.
This site is from the United Nations, and it highlights many interesting aspects of native peoples from certain places around the world. There are also activities you can learn from inside.
This website highlights the work of non-governmental activists who work everyday to inform millions and protect native peoples around the world.
This is another similar site. Check out who they help and how they do it.
Religion is one of the most powerful cultural forces in the world. It shapes identity, causes conflict, and helps people find purpose and meaning in their lives. By examining many of the world’s religions, we hope to look both outward and inward, into the cultural identity of our communities and ourselves. Check out the images and links below!
Art is a window to the soul, but it also a message to the world. So many cultures in the world have expressed their vision of the world through their art. Humans are more creative than they are destructive. When people form communities, their art becomes public. This is definitely the case with murals and the Latino community in America especially. This week we are going to learn about culture through art and the meaning it has for our individual and community in our culture.
Let’s take a look at some great sites first on murals. This first one is from the Philadelphia Mural Arts Project.
A very interesting documentary that focuses one of their episodes on murals is Visiones: Latino Art and Culture. Check out their site here.
Chicano (Mexican American) mural art is also a powerful form of political and cultural expression. Learn more about it and see lots of murals in the the US at this site.
Another famous mural artist was Diego Rivera. You can see his murals and art at this virtual museum.