Cultural Survival Quarterly Magazine

Turtle Lung Woman's Granddaughter

Turtle Lung Woman grew up hearing stories about Crazy Horse, Red Cloud, and Sitting Bull; she was 28 when the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota was established. She was a highly respected medicine woman who lived according to the “old ways” and transmitted her knowledge to her granddaughter.

Warã Archive Tour Brings Cultures Together

The Warã Archive Project is teaching Brazilians about Xavante culture and fostering cultural exchange among its youth.

Video for Life

The clicking computer keys can be heard on the dusty steep slope of Sixth Avenue in Sololá, in the mountainous southwest of Guatemala, overlooking the scenic Lago Atiitlan. The sounds originate from a popular internet café operated by an indigenous women's association.

The Money Problem

Funding is the primary obstacle for indigenous peoples doing film work.

The Many Meanings of Technology

Indigenous peoples are pragmatic. When an innovation makes life easier, or more comfortable, or provides other desired benefits, indigenous peoples are as likely as anyone else to incorporate it into their lives. And, when such changes are of their own choosing, they comfortably adapt their cultures to them.

Surviving the Chilean Economic Miracle

Chile’s treatment of indigenous peoples and forests is a warning that all is not well with the free market. When pressed for evidence that free market globalization can work to create a better world, most advocates point to Chile as the Latin American model of neoliberalism and its economic prescriptions—privatization, free markets, export-led growth and deregulation.

Sovereignty Unplugged: Wireless Technology and Self-Governance in the Navajo Nation

In the vast spaces of the U.S. Sourthwest, the Navajo are embracing the internet to improve social services and protect their culture. When Denise Ganadonegro first started working as the community services coordinator for the Alamo Chapter of the Navajo Nation, she mostly heard from residents when they had complaints.

Resources for Indigenous Film and Video Makers

Funders and festivals where indigenous media makers can find support. Indigenous Organizations

Owning the Future: An Interview with Melissa George

As a traditional owner of her Aboriginal country, Melissa George has some suggestions for those in Australia concerned about the environment.

Onondaga Nation Files Land Rights Action Covering Swath of New York State

The Onondaga Nation refuses to be ignored when environmental policy concerning their ancestral territory is being determined by outside actors. On March 11, the Onondaga filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Northern New York against eight defendants, including Governor George Pataki, the City of Syracuse, and the State of New York.

Old and New Threats to Uncontacted Peoples

In May 2003, Ecuadorians learned to their astonishment of the deaths of 12 Taromenae older men, women, and children who were part of a community that had voluntarily isolated itself from Western civilization.

Mursi Threatened with Relocation by Ethiopian National Park

Within the next year, the Mursi could face government removal from their traditional lands in Ethiopia to make way for a privately managed park. Through a verbal agreement, the Ethiopian government and African Parks Foundation, a private nonprofit organization based in the Netherlands, will assume management of Omo and Mago National Parks.

Missing: Where are First Nations in National Media?

Technological innovations in communications and the media constitute a growing factor in the restructuring of basic assumptions that have informed the socio-economic and cultural fabric of many societies.

Indigenous Peoples at the World Summit on the Information Society

More than 11,000 people from 175 nations gathered in Geneva, Switzerland, two years ago to discuss the digital revolution that in a matter of years has changed the lives of nearly everyone on the planet.

Christian Discovery and Indian Sovereignty

In March, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that lands owned by the Oneida Indian Nation of New York could be subject to city taxes. Indian Country Today columnist Steven Newcomb analyzes the case.

Bilingual Education on the Air

Ampam Karakras is a man on a mission. A Shuar from the Ecuadorian Amazon, he recalls the days when the Shuar (or Jivaro as they were then known to Westerners) were famed for their secret technique of shrinking human heads. As a youth, he was sent to boarding schools run by Salesian Catholic priests where he learned Spanish and was educated in Western ways.

An Epic Battle of Whales, Rabbits & Warriors

Indigenous peoples have relied on oral tradition to communicate ideals, morals, and life lessons since time immemorial. Kept among blood relations, such a mechanism for maintaining traditional knowledge is ingenious, portable, and indestructible, unless the community that holds the knowledge is wiped out.

Activist Technology 101

The digital revolution has brought technological advances that make international communications for isolated communities easier than ever before. Unfortunately, the tools that activists in cities take for granted are unknown to most rural indigenous people.

Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace

Indigenous peoples are making their own spaces online, using art as the backdrop for cross-cultural dialogue. Cyberspace—the websites, chat rooms, bulletin boards, virtual environments, and games that make up the internet—offers Aboriginal communities an unprecedented opportunity to assert control over how we represent ourselves to each other and to non-Aboriginals.

A Question of Frequency: Community Radio in Guatemala

With basic equipment, Guatemala’s Maya are using the radio to keep their communities informed and to strengthen a fragile democracy.

Indigenous Russians Unite Against Oil and Gas Development

Indigenous leaders of the island of Sakhalin in the far east of Russia have joined forces as a new wave of oil and gas development on the island encroaches on their traditional lands.

Come Together: Dukha Participate in World Reindeer Herding Conference with Totem Project Support

Diverse reindeer herder cultures span nearly a dozen countries in the northern-most regions of North America, Europe, and Asia. For the last three years, they have come together in Yakutia, Russia, for the International Reindeer Herders Congress to exchange information and increase cooperation on initiatives that effect their livelihoods.

Indigenous Man Honored with Reebok Award

A Mixe man from Oaxaca, Mexico, is among the winners of the 2005 Reebok Human Rights Award for his use of video to improve the lives of indigenous and peasant communities. Carlos Rojas, 28, was awarded the prize on May 11 during a ceremony at the University of California, Los Angeles. He received $50,000 to help further his work.