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Navajo – The people’s language
You’ll have no doubt heard Klee’s father, Jones, speaking Navajo, and many others introducing themselves and their clans in Navajo during episode 13 of The Navajo refer to themselves as Diné, which means “people”, and the Navajo language as Diné bizaad, which means “people’s language”. Navajo is a Southern Athabaskan language of the Na-Dené family.

Navajo is mainly spoken in the southwestern United States and is one of the most widely...

ILO Conventions 107 and 169: The first international laws to address Indigenous land ownership

Indigenous peoples’ territories are being stolen all around the world. When Indigenous or tribal groups lose their land, their societies disintegrate and i

THE MAPUCHE PEOPLE: A history of resistance

The Mapuche are descendants of the Araucanians and the original inhabitants of Chile and Argentina whose history is steeped in resistance. Today, they constitute about 10% of the Chilean population, making th

Wechekeche Ñi Trawün – meaning “young people together” – is a Chilean Mapuche collective that fuses their musical heritage with modern-day urban beats in an effort to keep their ancient Indigenous culture alive. The organization was set up in 2005 by history teacher Axel Paillafilu and other founding members from Santiago. Group members meet up in their clubhouse on a regular basis to organize various activities relating to Mapuche culture, such as cooking, language teaching, history, palin pl...

KAMEHAMEHA SCHOOLS: Promoting and maintaining Hawaiian culture

Kamehameha Schools is a group of 31 private schools with three main campuses located on the islands of O’ahu, Hawaii and Maui. Educating students from preschool through twelfth grade, Kamehameha Schools’ admissions policy favours applicants with Native Hawaiian ancestry. It was founded in 1887 by the will of Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last descendant of the Kamehameha line, who left her estate - about 9% of the total acreage of Hawaii...

HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE: A new lease of life for a dying tongue

Olelo Hawaii, the Hawaiian language, is said to be one of the world’s oldest living languages. Although it is one of the two official languages in the state of Hawaii, it is considered endangered as it is spoken by just 8,000 of the 400,000 ethnic Hawaiians. The decline in native Hawaiian speakers is the result of an almost century-long ban on the Hawaiian language in schools following the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom in 1893. Families...

NATIVE HAWAIIANS: More than meets the eye

Did you know that Hawaiian pizza and pineapples don’t actually come from Hawaii? And those fun, flowery garlands used to welcome visitors to the islands? They are called lei and were traditionally used by chiefs as a symbol of peace agreements.

In fact, beyond the wave of Hawaiian clichés lies a rich yet little-known Hawaiian culture. Known as ‘kanaka maoli’, Native Hawaiians are descendants of the original Polynesian navigators who sailed to H...