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The indigenous population of Russia

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The indigenous population of Russia

Russia is a vast country covering a massive geographical area, from east to west it covers 11 time-zones and is the largest country in the world. It is only natural that a great different number of indigenous people found home within its international borders. (more…)

Indigenous Peoples of the World Today – Part 2

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Indigenous Peoples of the World Today – Part 2

In part one of our blog we saw how indigenous people are so important to the world that we live in. They are the guardians of a great proportion of the Earth’s remaining biodiversity and the key to us all understanding how to live in harmony with the environment we exist. (more…)

Indigenous populations in a multi-cultural society – the UK

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Indigenous populations in a multi-cultural society – the UK

The definition of indigenous population is the population that has been residing in a region for a period of time. What isn’t clear is how long that period needs to be. In times when people are more sensitive than ever to people migrating in and out of areas, it is interesting to look at a country which has experienced so many different patterns of migration, that it is difficult to identify what is the actual indigenous population. (more…)

Africa’s Indigenous Population – Part 3

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Africa’s Indigenous Population – Part 3

The population of the north of the continent becomes markedly different from the ethnic groups found further south as many Arab communities inhabit large areas of land. The Berbers have been on the continent for 10,000 years and are present across the northern part from Morocco in the west to Egypt in the east. This area used to be known as the Maghreb before being split into separate countries and the Berber presence even spreads into the Saharan Countries. The large majority of Berber people are Sunni Muslims but there are many different indigenous people associated with the culture and are generally linked by the language that is spoken or shared historical influences. (more…)

Indigenous Peoples of the World Today – Part 1

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Indigenous Peoples of the World Today – Part 1

Who indigenous people are and how do they impact our world today? There are many explanations to describe these people and one is that they are first peoples. By this is meant that they were the first people known to inhabit a land, and are also called natives or aboriginals. The biggest difference between indigenous peoples and any other is that they were the original inhabitants and did not settle in a land from another place. (more…)

Africa’s Indigenous People – Part 2

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Africa’s Indigenous People – Part 2

There are many different indigenous groups throughout the continent. Throughout the years these different groups of people have moved around the continent adapting to the different climatic and environmental conditions that they have been located in. One of the most recognizable groups have been the Maasai people that are found in Northern Kenya and Southern Tanzania. The current population is around 850,000 found in Kenya with another 150,000 being found in Tanzania. (more…)

Africa’s Indigenous People – Part 1

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Africa’s Indigenous People – Part 1

The indigenous populations on the continent of Africa are vast and varied. There are many subdivisions of different peoples with separate clans and tribes, so it is only achievable to understand a broad overview of the people. The situation is complicated further by the fact that many of these people are hunter gatherers and they follow changes in weather patterns. These patterns can change markedly over time, so the different ethnic people of one region can change, as its climate has evolved over time. (more…)

The Indigenous People of New Zealand: the Maoris

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The Indigenous People of New Zealand: the Maoris

The Maoris are the indigenous people of New Zealand. They are the most recent of indigenous populations to be located in a certain area, as the Maoris have only been present in the country since around 1250. They are actually from the Polynesian Islands and first arrived in New Zealand by canoes. As they settled on the Islands, their isolation resulted in them adopting their own culture and language, which was total different from where they had originated from. (more…)

The Indigenous People of Australia: the Aboriginals

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The Indigenous People of Australia: the Aboriginals

There is no more famous group of indigenous people than the Aboriginal Australians. Over the years they have constantly been in the news, as they have strived to overcome injustice and receive equal rights. In the process many incidents have been revealed that have shown them to have been exploited and treated poorly, with many of these cases still being under review. The Aboriginals have been living in Australia for over 60,000 years, which is actually before the continent separated from Papua New Guinea. (more…)

The indigenous people of South America

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The indigenous people of South America

South America covers a large area and in this region there are numerous groups of indigenous people that have survived for thousands of years. It is believed that the first people to arrive in the region came over Asia across the Bering Strait and travelled down from North America. The earliest human inhabitants can be dated back to 14,000 BC in Mount Verde in Southern Chile, and their descendants went on to populate the rest of the continent. The indigenous people were very much hunter gatherers however some practiced advanced agricultural techniques, such as irrigation to farm the land. (more…)

The indigenous people of Central America

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The indigenous people of Central America

This area of the world has been home to large populations of indigenous people for thousands of years. They varied between tribes that would be found in the most remote parts of tropical rainforests to ancient kingdoms that were as developed as any other region in the world. One of the most well-known empires was the Aztec Empire which ruled the Valley of Mexico from 1427 until being conquered by the Spanish in 1521. The empire consisted of three cities, Mexico-Tenochtitlan, Texcoco and Tlacopan that controlled most of Mexico. The area consisted of Nahua people who spoke Nahuati. (more…)

The Indigenous people of the United States

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The Indigenous people of the United States

The problems European settlers had in trying to occupy large areas of the United States later led to the story lines for many a Hollywood film. At the centre of the picture would often be the conflict that the new settlers would have with the indigenous population. This led to many spin offs as the story would be told of brave cowboys overcoming hostile Indians. As time has evolved these feelings of patriotism have slowly changed. The feeling is now that the Europeans came across the United States and took the lands away from the indigenous people. (more…)

The indigenous people of Canada

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The indigenous people of Canada

The indigenous people of Canada area also known as the aboriginal people of the country. Currently there are around 1.67 million indigenous people in Canada of which almost 1 million are First Nations people, 590,000 are Metis people and 66,000 are Inuit’s. These three broad categories of different peoples does not include the many varieties of different groups that actually exist in the country. Generally speaking the Inuit’s occupy the Arctic and northern regions of the country, the First Nations people occupy everywhere else south of the Arctic, and the Metis have descended from European and Indigenous parents. (more…)