The Thanksgiving Myth Gets a Deeper Look This Year

For many Native Americans, the Covid-19 toll and the struggle over racial inequity make this high time to re-examine the holiday, and a cruel history.

#bison, #food, #indigenous-people, #native-americans, #pilgrims-plymouth-mass, #race-and-ethnicity, #thanksgiving-day, #united-states

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In the Arctic, Reindeer Are Sustenance and a Sacred Presence

For the Indigenous communities who herd the animals, safeguarding dying culinary traditions isn’t merely about eating but about protecting a longstanding way of life.

#agriculture-and-farming, #arctic-regions, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #finland, #food, #indigenous-people, #meat, #norway, #reindeer, #samis-ethnic-group, #sweden

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Mi’kmaq Lobstermen in Nova Scotia Face Attacks by Fishermen

A battle over the lucrative lobster industry in Nova Scotia has become the latest flash point in a series of abuses of Indigenous people in Canada.

#adam-allan-athabasca-chipewyan-first-nation-chief, #canada, #discrimination, #fishing-commercial, #indigenous-people, #lobsters, #nova-scotia-canada, #royal-canadian-mounted-police, #singh-jagmeet, #trudeau-justin

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Aaron Pedersen Is a Different Kind of Archetypal Leading Man

The star of the Australian police drama “Mystery Road” harks back to the rugged icons of old westerns. He is also Aboriginal, which makes the role more complicated — and rare.

#aaron-pedersen, #davis-judy, #indigenous-australians, #indigenous-people, #mystery-road-tv-program, #sen-ivan, #television

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Review: A Classic Western Sheriff on the Other Side of the World

In “Mystery Road,” Aaron Pedersen plays a lawman with Indigenous roots and John Wayne style.

#acorn-tv, #indigenous-people, #mystery-road-tv-program, #television

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Dogs Once Made Pretty Nice Wool Blankets, Too

Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest once bred dogs in large numbers and sheared them for wool.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #british-columbia-canada, #dogs, #fashion-and-apparel, #indigenous-people, #journal-of-anthropological-archaeology, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #research, #textiles, #vancouver-island-british-columbia, #washington-state, #wool-and-woolen-goods, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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An Evangelical Conquista in Amazonia

This isn’t the first time missionaries have risked spreading disease alongside the word of god.

#brazil, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #evangelical-movement, #indigenous-people, #politics-and-government

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Amazon 4.0. How to Reinvent the Rainforest

It took tens of millions of years for tropical rainforests to evolve. It may take us just a few decades to destroy them, unless we change course.

#amazon-jungle, #brazil, #forests-and-forestry, #indigenous-people, #wildfires

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The Grandmother Trees

We think of humans as destroyers of the Amazon, but for centuries Indigenous people have tended to this landscape.

#amazon-river-basin, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #indigenous-people, #wildfires

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Can Our Culture Survive Climate Change?

My daughter is named Y’Wara, which means the power that forces water downstream. Like the river, she will have to be strong.

#amazon-jungle, #environment, #global-warming, #guajajara, #indigenous-people, #maranhao-brazil, #women-and-girls

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‘Schitt’s Creek’ Star, and His Fans, Are Taking Indigenous Studies

Dan Levy suggested in an Instagram post that his fans study Canadian Indigenous history along with him. About 64,000 people signed up.

#canada, #e-learning, #indigenous-people, #levy-daniel-actor, #university-of-alberta

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An Indigenous Canadian Journalist Was Covering a Protest. Then He Got Arrested.

He is one of four reporters arrested while covering Indigenous affairs in a country that has been trying to make amends for its colonial past.

#aboriginal-peoples-television-network, #canada, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #dockstader-karl, #freedom-of-the-press, #indigenous-people, #news-and-news-media, #ontario-canada

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Chile’s Largest Indigenous Group Sees Opportunity in a New Constitution

Chile’s Mapuche have long demanded official recognition of their culture and of their claims to ancestral lands. A referendum over a new Constitution provides them a chance to be included.

#catrillanca-camilo, #chile, #constitutions, #indigenous-people, #pinera-sebastian, #referendums

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Protecting Brazil’s Uncontacted Tribes for 30 Years, Then Killed by an Arrow

Rieli Franciscato, an expert on the Amazon’s isolated tribes, had been frantically trying to keep safe a group that had ventured out of the forest. He was mistakenly perceived as a threat.

#amazon-jungle, #bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #indigenous-people

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Rio Tinto Executives to Step Down After Miner Destroys Sacred Australian Sites

The mining giant’s chief executive was among those pushed out after shareholders revolted over the destruction of ancient Indigenous sites in Western Australia.

#australia, #indigenous-people, #jacques-jean-sebastien, #mines-and-mining, #rio-tinto-plc

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A Statue of Canada’s First Prime Minister Is Toppled, but Politicians Want It Restored

John A. Macdonald was a divisive figure who tried to wipe out Indigenous Canadian culture. Some leading politicians — including Trudeau — criticized the vandalism of his statue.

#canada, #indigenous-people, #macdonald-john-a, #montreal-quebec, #monuments-and-memorials-structures

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Roanoke’s ‘Lost Colony’ Was Never Lost, New Book Says

A new book aims to settle a centuries-old question of what happened to a group of English colonists. Archaeologists said that its theory was plausible but that more evidence was needed.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #books-and-literature, #colonization, #indigenous-people, #jamestown-va, #lost-colony, #mid-atlantic-states-us

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Aritana Yawalapiti, Revered Indigenous Leader in Brazil, Dies at 71

Known for his quiet dignity, he dedicated himself to protecting the environment and promoting the health of his people. He died of the coronavirus.

#amazon-jungle, #brazil, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #indigenous-people, #yawalapiti-aritana-1949-2020

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‘We’ve Already Survived an Apocalypse’: Indigenous Writers Are Changing Sci-Fi

Long underrepresented in genre fiction, Native American and First Nations authors are reshaping its otherworldly (but still often Eurocentric) worlds.

#apache-indians, #books-and-literature, #dimaline-cherie, #elatsoe-book, #empire-of-wild-a-novel-book, #indigenous-people, #jones-stephen-graham, #little-badger-darcie, #native-americans, #navajo-indians, #roanhorse-rebecca, #science-fiction, #the-only-good-indians-book, #trail-of-lightning-book, #writing-and-writers

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Under Pressure, Brazil’s Bolsonaro Forced to Fight Deforestation

After fending off international criticism on rainforest destruction, President Jair Bolsonaro caved to pressure and took steps to curb deforestation and forest fires.

#amazon-jungle, #bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #environment, #forests-and-forestry, #indigenous-people, #wildfires

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Sierra Club Says It Must Confront the Racism of John Muir

Muir, a monumental figure in American environmentalism and a Sierra Club founder, traded in “deeply harmful racist stereotypes,” the organization said.

#discrimination, #environment, #indigenous-people, #muir-john, #race-and-ethnicity, #sierra-club

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Brazil Health Workers May Have Spread Coronavirus to Indigenous People

Many people assigned to care for the Indigenous have been infected, exposing remote communities to the virus. Health workers say they have been plagued by insufficient testing and protective gear.

#bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #indigenous-people, #javari-valley-brazil, #roraima-brazil, #yanomami-indians

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This 19th-Century Law Helps Shape Criminal Justice in Indian Country

And that’s a problem — especially for Native American women, and especially in rape cases.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #indigenous-people, #justice-department, #law-and-legislation, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #muscogee-creek-nation-okumlgee-okla, #native-americans, #oklahoma, #politics-and-government, #supreme-court-us, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #violence-against-women-act-1994

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For Muscogee (Creek) Tribe in Oklahoma, at Long Last Vindication

After decades of betrayals and broken treaties, the Supreme Court ruled that much of Oklahoma is their land, after all.

#harjo-joy, #harjo-suzan-shown, #indigenous-people, #muscogee-creek-nation-okumlgee-okla, #native-americans, #oklahoma, #race-and-ethnicity, #supreme-court-us, #treaties, #tulsa-okla

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Spirit Bears’ Hair Helps Reveal New Genetic Secrets

First Nations peoples along British Columbia’s Central Coast led research to help preserve the area’s white-furred Spirit bears.

#bears, #british-columbia-canada, #eco-tourism, #fur, #genetics-and-heredity, #indigenous-people, #kitasoo-xaixais-first-nation, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Commuting, and Confronting History, on a Remote Canadian Railway

The Tshiuetin line, the first railroad in North America owned and operated by First Nations people, is a symbol of reclamation and defiance for the communities it serves.

#indigenous-people, #photography, #quebec-province-canada, #railroads

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How Mount Rushmore Became Mount Rushmore

The South Dakota landmark has drawn criticism over the land it occupies, the main sculptor behind it and the legacies of the men it memorializes.

#black-people, #indigenous-people, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #mount-rushmore-national-memorial-sd, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #native-americans, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #race-and-ethnicity

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Chief Beaten by Police Is Longtime Fighter for Indigenous Rights

Allan Adam leads a Dene nation that famously fought the Canadian government and oil lobby in its territory.

#alberta-canada, #allan-adam, #canada, #edmonton-alberta, #indigenous-people, #oil-sands, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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Seven Colombian Soldiers Charged in Rape of Indigenous Girl

The charges, announced by the attorney general, follow years of accusations of illegal killings. The defendants pleaded guilty in a closed hearing.

#colombia, #defense-and-military-forces, #indigenous-people, #sex-crimes, #women-and-girls

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Robert Laughlin, Preserver of a Mayan Language, Dies at 85

His monumental dictionary, after years of fieldwork, documented Tzotzil in southern Mexico. But that was just the start of his efforts to preserve the culture.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #chiapas-mexico, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #dictionaries, #indigenous-people, #language-and-languages, #laughlin-robert-m-1934-2020, #mayans, #smithsonian-institution

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New Mexico Takes Down Statue of Its Conquistador

The agitation against honoring Juan de Oñate reflects a tension that has long festered between Native Americans and Hispanics over Spain’s conquest of New Mexico more than four centuries ago.

#acoma-pueblo-nm, #albuquerque-nm, #albuquerque-museum-of-art-and-history, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #hispanic-americans, #indigenous-people, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #native-americans, #new-mexico, #onate-juan-de-1550-1626

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When Art Is Medicine

In Ojibwe culture, music, dance and medicine are sources of healing.

#canada, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dancing, #epidemics, #great-lakes, #indigenous-people, #minnesota, #music, #north-america, #red-lake-nation, #university-of-minnesota, #vaccination-and-immunization, #women-and-girls

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Brazil’s First Indigenous Curator: ‘We’re Not Afraid Anymore’

Sandra Benites, of the Guaraní Ñandeva people, is using art to bring new visions and voices to the museum world.

#art, #benites-sandra, #guarani-nandeva, #indigenous-people, #javari-valley-brazil, #museum-of-art-of-sao-paulo-assis-chateaubriand, #museums, #sao-paulo-brazil

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Native Americans Paid for America’s Land-Grant Universities

Cornell, Virginia Tech, Ohio State and many more were created with wealth stolen from Indigenous people.

#colleges-and-universities, #indigenous-people, #land-use-policies, #native-americans

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3 Africans in Mexico City Grave Tell Stories of Slavery’s Toll

The men might have been among the earliest to be stolen from their homeland and brought to the Americas.

#africa, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #bacteria, #barquera-rodrigo, #current-biology-journal, #genetics-and-heredity, #indigenous-people, #krause-johannes, #marquez-morfin-lourdes, #mexico-city-mexico, #research, #skeletons, #skull-body-part, #slavery-historical, #teeth-and-dentistry, #your-feed-science

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Peru’s Queen of Quechua Rap Wants to Rescue Indigenous Culture With Her Music

Renata Flores, 19, is part of a generation of Peruvian musicians combining the bouncing beats of Latin trap, rap and reggaeton with the sounds, and language, of the Andean countryside.

#andes-mountains, #flores-renata-singer, #incas, #indigenous-people, #music, #peru, #quechua-language, #rap-and-hip-hop

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Covid-19: Lessons From the Yanomami in Brazil

The tragedy unfolding in the Amazon echoes what all human inhabitants of the planet are suffering.

#bolsonaro-jair-1955, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #indigenous-people, #yanomami-indians

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As Bolsonaro Keeps Amazon Vows, Brazil’s Indigenous Fear ‘Ethnocide’

President Jair Bolsonaro is moving aggressively to open up the Amazon rainforest to commercial development, posing an existential threat to the tribes living there.

#amazon-jungle, #bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #constitutions, #forests-and-forestry, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #indigenous-people, #land-use-policies, #law-and-legislation, #politics-and-government

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Brazil and Coronavirus: Defiant Bolsonaro Dismisses Threat

President Jair Bolsonaro, who has called the virus a “measly cold,” is the sole major world leader continuing to question the merits of lockdown measures to fight the pandemic.

#bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #indigenous-people, #latin-america, #nicaragua, #ortega-daniel, #pan-american-health-organization, #rio-de-janeiro-brazil

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