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Mongabay

Anna-Catherine Brigida

12 December 2018

Río Sarstún, Guatemala

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After initially not involving the indigenous Q’eqchi community in designating land for the Río Sarstún Multiple Use Area – land that this community lives on – the government and the Q’eqchi since partnered together to...

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Jency Samuel

30 November 2018

Tharangambadi, India

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In coastal Tamil Nadu, farmers are using traditional techniques to combat salinity and drought conditions. Farmers caution that as sea levels rise and the climate changes, traditional practices and organic farming wil...

Food Tank

Annelise Jolley

13 November 2018

Tijuana, Mexico

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Collaborative efforts between chefs and activists at the San Diego-Tijuana border are inspiring those in the region to better understand cultural similarities. Amid the backdrop of stricter immigration policies in the...

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Virginia Gewin

23 October 2018

Lima, Peru

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At Expo Amazonica in Lima, chefs are working to build a taste for traditional Amazonian foods, in an effort to promote biodiversity conservation and slow deforestation. But against a huge global demand for palm oil, g...

Pacific Standard

Jane Braxton Little

16 October 2018

California, United States

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The Karuk and Yoruk tribes use prescribed burning to keep land healthy and encourage the growth of traditional foods and medicines. New resources and partnerships are helping to bring back small-scale fires and revive...

PBS NewsHour

Jeffrey Brown

Mike Fritz

16 October 2018

South Dakota, United States

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In order to help Native artists, the First People’s Fund launched the “Rolling Rez Arts,” a shuttle bus that doubles as an arts center, cell, and business incubator. “Every culture has stories. They have art. They hav...

NPR

John Burnett

9 October 2018

Jocotenango, Guatemala

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A small school in rural Guatemala is challenging the way that Guatemalan children are educated (if they even have the opportunity at all) by focusing on health, education, food, and art. However, although the school's...

NPR

Amy Yee

29 September 2018

Zanzibar, Tanzania

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Teaching folk arts and music helps to keep cultures alive. On the island of Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania, the Dhow Countries Music Academy teaches students “taarab,” a form of 19th century music that reflects t...

Pacific Standard

Sophie Yeo

24 September 2018

Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada

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In Arctic communities where traditional knowledge has faded and intergenerational traumas continue to impact people, food programs are stepping in to help save that culture while also feeding people. The Qajuqturvik F...

The Arizona Republic

Megan Janetsky

19 September 2018

For Defiance, Arizona, United States

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Interest in spelling bees in one Navajo Nation district shot up after Kelly Haven made it to the national stage in Washington D.C., representing children who had never before seen anyone like her make it that far. The...

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Serena Maria Daniels

28 August 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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A food truck in a Detroit Latinx neighborhood offers “decolonized” food—food made up of staples of the Latinx culture before colonization. In this way, the truck—and other community activists working on food issues—ho...

Next City

Gregory Scruggs

27 August 2018

Richmond, Virginia, United States

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Untold RVA, a project developed by ‘tactical urbanist’ Free Egunfemi, intervenes in public space to foreground the history of slavery and the lives of the enslaved in Richmond. While work is being done to dismantle Ri...

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Will Higginbotham

7 August 2018

Samoa

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To combat climate change, some Pacific Islanders are turning to tradition indigenous knowledge upgraded with recent innovations in green technology. Examples includes constructing homes with indigenous building techni...

Yes! Magazine

Mary Annette Pember

27 July 2018

Frank's Landing, Washington, United States

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Indigenous-led herbalists accompanied a two-week-long canoe gathering along the coast of Washington and Canada. They aimed to decolonize herbalism and support sustainable plant medicine and helped canoe gathering part...

Pacific Standard

Charlee Catherine Dyroff

17 July 2018

Kotzebue, Alaska, United States

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In the northernmost nursing home in the U.S.,the Hunter Support Program has existed for more than two decades in an attempt to provide traditional foods to Kotzebue, Alaska's elders. While the program has faced roadbl...

Public Radio International

Lucy Sheriff

10 July 2018

Colombia

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Thirteen years ago the Wayuu tribe, located in Colombia, removed it’s male chiefdom and instead asked women to be their leaders. According to the Wayuu tribe they are the only indigenous tribe in Colombia that exclusi...

Artnet

Kate Brown

25 June 2018

Canada

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A recently proposed Canadian law would create comprehensive support for the repatriation of cultural objects back from museums to First Nations people. The law addresses a common and critical hurdle for repatriation: ...

Yes! Magazine

Mary Annette Pember

9 June 2018

Oxford, Ohio, United States

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The Myaamia Center, a language initiative led by the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and Miami University, has led to the preservation of the Myaamia language and culture. The center, which has become a model for other univer...

Alaska Public Media

Anne Hillman

24 May 2018

Hooper Bay, Alaska, United States

Radio

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Qungasvik, a program developed by and for Yup’ik people living in Alaska, focuses on skills, craft making, and community connection. The program provides a strong support system and is helping to decrease incidence of...

Bright Magazine

Anna-Catherine Brigida

18 May 2018

Guatemala

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The expansion of intellectual property laws to cover ancestral knowledge can help protect indigenous people from economic exploitation. Indigenous women in Guatemala are working to pass a law similar to one used in Au...

The New York Times

James Estrin

1 May 2018

United States

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The organization Natives Photograph was founded in order to create accurate, culturally sensitive images of Native Americans as well as support the careers of indigenous photographers.

Alaska Public Media

Anne Hillman

26 April 2018

Hooper Bay, Alaska, United States

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Yup’ik community members in Hooper Bay, Alaska founded a dance group for teens. In the six years since it started, the group has provided activity, responsibility, stress relief, and a connection to tradition for its ...

Mongabay

Monica Pelliccia

16 April 2018

Gualcince, Honduras

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Restoring biodiversity to agricultural land improves food security and helps to sequester carbon. In Honduras, the revival of indigenous agroforestry techniques includes the use shade-grown organic coffee, grown along...

Pacific Standard

Melody Schreiber

23 March 2018

Clyde River, Nunavut, Canada

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In a town called Clyde River, located in the Arctic Circle, the Ilisaqsivik Society is attempting to reverse the trauma inflicted on the Inuit people by climate change and cultural trends away from tradition. The Ilis...

Alaska Public Media

Anne Hillman

28 February 2018

Kotzebue, Alaska, United States

Radio

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Elders in Kotzebue, Alaska missed traditional foods like elk, caribou, and whale when they transitioned into assisted living, so a group formed to find a way through federal red tape. Locals, environmental health agen...

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