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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…)