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Through harmonious cultures that frequently link the human world with that of nature in symbiotic and non-destructive ways, indigenous societies across the world have managed to preserve, across generations, a deeply rooted, intelligent, and vibrant knowledge of the natural world.
However, time and again, the history of the world's indigenous peoples has also been marked by colonization, brutality, and cultural appropriation and extermination, as well as by outright theft of their lands and resources. Even today, indigenous peoples are still often marginalized, excluded or "othered" from society as they speak up to fight against the destruction or misuse of their lands and monuments.
Yet there is now concerted effort worldwide to both honor and support indigenous people. Commemorating the historic meeting of the first United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations in 1982, International Day of the World’s Indigenous People (August 9) provides us with the chance to promote the rights of Indigenous People worldwide, while also amplifying their voices, cultures, and accomplishments. In these days of increased concern over climate change, the knowledge and commitment of many indigenous peoples to sustainability and biodiversity may in fact prove crucial to protecting the earth for future generations.
Learn more at https://www.un.org/en/observances/indigenous-day.