Kenya, Shompole, Instead of circumcision the girls get extra education as part of the ritual and because they van finish their schools. This is the last instruction and motivation right before the start of the new ceremony.

Indigenous Web Round-up

Every month we share indigenous news, stories and media from around the world in our round-up. With a focus on arts, culture & promoting the strength of indigenous knowledge. We also introduce new members who have joined our global collaboration network. This month, we’re happy to feature: Berlin based Tech Open Air, Europe’s leading interdisciplinary [...] Continue Reading

Indigenous Web Round-up

Every month we share indigenous news, stories and media from around the world in our round-up. With a focus on arts, culture & promoting the strength of indigenous knowledge. We also introduce new members who have joined our global collaboration network. This month, we’re happy to feature: Cineblend, Dutch annual documentary film festival focusing on [...] Continue Reading

Artistic Merit : Somenath Mukhopadhyay (India) - “Bohurupee” is an old form of folk art practised mainly in rural folds of West Bengal. ‘Bohu’ means several and ‘rupee’ means having looks and characters. So the art of “Bohurupee” refers to the people who masquerade taking disguise of various characters drawn from mythological sources and social contexts. In the age of Bluetooth and videos streaming into hands of everyone at any corner of the world this folk art and entertainment is on the brink of extinction. The art of “Bohurupee” which has a long history of as old as 200 years is survived in the hands of a few exponents living in the districts of Hooghly, Nadia and Birbhum in West Bengal. They are a wandering tribe who usually spend months away from their village to earn their living playing the roles of Hindu gods and goddesses, historical characters etc. In the recent times they are also seen picking up several social and political issues to draw our attention to them. This photo story shot in the villages of Birbhum in West Bengal focuses on their costume and make up that help them bring the gods and goddesses down to earth. -

Newsflash: Artistic Merit Award in Sinchi’s 2017 Photo Competition

Artistic Merit – Somenath Mukhopadhyay Bohurupee – India “Bohurupee” is an old form of folk art practised mainly in rural folds of West Bengal. ‘Bohu’ means several and ‘rupee’ means having looks and characters. So the art of “Bohurupee” refers to the people who masquerade taking disguise of various characters drawn from mythological sources and social [...] Continue Reading

1st place: Josué Rivas (US) - I would like to share a dream with you. This dream takes place at the Standing Rock nation near the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball Rivers. I’m camping with thousands of people and next to me is my beautiful partner with our 7 month old son. We had just drove our vehicle for more than 1400 miles from Los Angeles. While we participated in a prayer, an auntie walks up to me with a red bundle of tobacco and says “Go offer it to them” their story is important. I grabbed the bundle and humbly walked up to the leader of the group and said “ Relative, here is some tobacco, I know you are still in ceremony and photos aren’t allowed but I wanted to see if I could please take portraits of the dancers when they are done. The man looked at me with a surprised face and said “Yes, thank you for asking” The truth is that this dream never ended and to a certain degree it never really started. It was something modern and ancestral. A dream so abstract that became real and the amazing part is that I documented it all. For months I was able to photograph the hundreds of nations and allies that came to Standing Rock to stand up for the water of life. Last year Standing Rock became the epicenter of the modern indigenous rights movement in the United States. For almost a year, hundreds of tribal nations and allies unified in a historic gathering to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline. During the first few months, most mainstream media ignored the story but fortunately there were a handful of indigenous photographers, filmmakers, and citizen journalists that took initiative to document it. We as indigenous people were telling our own story and that was powerful'.

Newsflash: 1st Place in Sinchi’s 2017 Photo Competition

Winner- Josué Rivas (United Sates/ Mexico) Standing Rock I would like to share a dream with you. This dream takes place at the Standing Rock nation near the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball Rivers. I’m camping with thousands of people and next to me is my beautiful partner with our 7 month old son. [...] Continue Reading

1st Runner up: Delphine Blast (France) Portrait of a cholita, in La Paz, mars 2016. Discriminated against for a long time, they are now very much a driving force in Bolivia. In scenes that were unimaginable 10 or 20 years ago, nowadays they have real clout in the economic, political, and even fashion worlds. The cholitas have managed to find their place in modern society without denying their collective past. They are an expression of the dignity of Indian populations. This photographic series aims to renew insight into Bolivian womanhood. It also carries with it new identity affirmations and reflects the social changes on the march in the country.

Newsflash: 2nd Place in Sinchi’s 2017 Photo competition

1st runner up – Delphine Blast Cholitas (Bolivia) The iconic bowler hat, the long black braids, the adjusted corset, and the brightly colored puffed skirt: their outfit is well known all around the world. The mythical cholitas are a strong symbol of Bolivia. In colloquial Spanish, the “cholita” means a young Bolivian woman very identified [...] Continue Reading

2nd Runner up: Chris Hopkins (Australis) Siberut Island, Mentawai, Indonesia. Aman Masit Dere, is a medicine man or Sikerei of the indigenous tribal community that inhabit the inland jungles and mountains of the Mentawai islands west of Sumatra, Indonesia.His leathery skin is covered in tattoos and his lean muscular physique is emblematic of an uncompromising jungle life. Until now he has managed to reject modern influence and instead continuesto capitalize on an in-depth knowledge of the jungles foods, medicines and building resources, but the Mentawai existence is at the mercy of significant cultural, behavioral and ideological change. A change, brought about by the gradual introduction and influence of foreign practice that, evidently, is having an adverse effect; resultingin a significant decline in health, wellbeing and livelihood across the wider community.Photograph by Chris Hopkins © Chris Hopkins 2017

Newsflash: 3rd Place in Sinchi’s 2017 Photo competition

2nd runner up – Chris Hopkins Mentawai community (Indonesia) ‘The Mentawai of Indonesia are one of the world’s last remaining hunter-gatherer tribes, however, globalisation and deforestation is threatening to destroy their peaceful and subsistent way of life. Their culture and knowledge of the surrounding natural ecosystems is now on the verge of disappearing forever. For [...] Continue Reading

3rd Runner up: Manuel Seoane (Bolivia) - The idea of celebration varies very much between cultures. For the Aymara indigenous culture from the Bolivian Andes, for example, there is a certain time meant-to-be for festivity. During the last 10 years, a big emerging economic elite formed by some of these migrant communities in La Paz has brought such traditional events to the urban environment and introduced to them a unique self-interpretation of fashion and modernity, in order to be recognized and accepted as part of a new higher social status. Through their most important celebration, the Fiesta del Preste, they foresee an opportunity to reaffirm their rural roots while literally show off openly their new urban success, expressed mainly through ostentation and excess. This project tries to explore and discover the distinctive meanings of such idea of celebration inside urbanized Aymara culture; a distinctive symbol of tradition but also modernity and success, two views apparently contrary. Only in La Paz city, more than 800 of these popular festivities are celebrated every year (averaging 2.2 per day).

Newsflash: 4th Place in Sinchi’s 2017 Photo Competition

3rd Runner-up – Manuel Seoane Aymara Community La Paz (Bolivia) The idea of celebration varies very much between cultures. For the Aymara indigenous culture from the Bolivian Andes, for example, there is a certain time meant-to-be for festivity. During the last 10 years, a big emerging economic elite formed by some of these migrant communities in [...] Continue Reading

Indigenous web round-up

Every month we share indigenous news, stories and media from around the world in our round-up. With a focus on arts, culture & promoting the strength of indigenous knowledge. We also introduce new members who have joined our global collaboration network. This week, we’re happy to feature: Fostering programs that can help stabilize the health [...] Continue Reading

Filming on the beach for the Sinchi Project.

Newsflash: Sinchi Launch Tiwi Islands Project

We are very proud to announce the launch of Sinchi’s first community project working with the amazing Tiwi Islands mob. One of the main cultural challenges being faced around the world, is the loss of culture and knowledge with each passing generation. To address this issue, we focus on empowering communities to document their own [...] Continue Reading

"Deer head" next to the Sima de Alcorón, an area that was a refuge for shepherds and an space for the practice of pagan worship

Indigenous web round-up

Every month we share indigenous news, stories and media from around the world in our round-up. With a focus on arts, culture & promoting the strength of indigenous knowledge. We also introduce new members who have joined our global collaboration network. This week, we’re happy to feature: Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) promotes and [...] Continue Reading

Indigenous web round-up

Every month we share indigenous news, stories and media from around the world in our round-up. With a focus on arts, culture & promoting the strength of indigenous knowledge. We also introduce new members who have joined our global collaboration network. This week, we’re happy to feature: Independent arts + culture print publication Majestic Disorder , creating [...] Continue Reading

Indigenous web round-up

Every month we share indigenous news, stories and media from around the world in our round-up. With a focus on arts, culture & promoting the strength of indigenous knowledge. We also introduce new members who have joined our global collaboration network. This week, we’re happy to feature: Kaya volunteer; cultivating educated, compassionate global citizens through [...] Continue Reading

Indigenous web round-up

Every month we share indigenous news, stories and media from around the world in our round-up. With a focus on arts, culture & promoting the strength of indigenous knowledge. We also introduce new members who have joined our global collaboration network. This week, we’re happy to feature: Treecreds: a support, management, advocacy and promotional agency [...] Continue Reading

Women bathe in the river and clean fish once the fog is gone. “Kabia!” is a collective wish for a good day and for the sky to clear. The Indians go up prepare lunch - monkey meat and manioc flour. “We are the tortoise and the government is the tapir,” concludes Solano Akay Mundurukú, chief of Waro Apompu village, after telling a story in which the tortoise waits patiently for the right time to attack its enemy.

Indigenous web round-up

Every month we share indigenous news, stories and media from around the world in our weekly round-up. With a focus on arts, culture & promoting the strength of indigenous knowledge. We also introduce new members who have joined our global collaboration network. This week, we’re happy to feature: The Indigenous Peoples of Africa Co-ordinating Committee [...] Continue Reading

Indigenous web round-up

Each week we share indigenous news, stories and media from around the world in our weekly round-up. With a focus on arts, culture & promoting the strength of indigenous knowledge. We also introduce new members who have joined our global collaboration network. This week, we’re happy to feature: Dutch NGO FERN, concerned with counceling of [...] Continue Reading

In the morning, children walk along the railway line in Kibera going to school. Education is still a big challenge in the slum, however most children achieve a secondary level education due to the support of numerous charities and non-governmental organizations based in Kibera. January 10, 2017. © Brian Otieno

Indigenous Web Round-up

Each week we share indigenous news, stories and media from around the world in our weekly round-up. With a focus on arts, culture & promoting the strength of indigenous knowledge. We also introduce new members who have joined our global collaboration network. This week, we’re happy to introduce: Our own Sinchi Ambassador, photographer and Aboriginal [...] Continue Reading

Indigenous Web Round-up

Each week we share indigenous news, stories, and media from around the world in our weekly round-up. With a focus on arts, culture & promoting the strength of indigenous knowledge. We also introduce new members who have joined our global collaboration network. This week, we’re happy to introduce: Honoring ancestral wisdom through preservation of the [...] Continue Reading

Indigenous Web Round-up

Each week we share indigenous news, stories, and media from around the world in our weekly round-up. With a focus on arts, culture & promoting the strength of indigenous knowledge. We also introduce new members who have joined our global collaboration network. This week, we’re happy to feature: Co-creative platform of transformation and innovation in [...] Continue Reading

Indigenous Web Round-up

Each week Sinchi shares indigenous news, stories and media from around the world in our weekly round-up. With a focus on arts & culture and promoting the strength of indigenous knowledge. We also introduce new members who have joined our global collaboration network. This week, we’re happy to feature: Sounds & Colours Magazine: South American [...] Continue Reading

Indigenous Web Round-up

Each week Sinchi shares indigenous news, stories and media from around the world our weekly round-up. With a focus on arts & culture and promoting the strength of indigenous knowledge. We also introduce new members who have joined our global collaboration network. This week, we’re happy to feature:  Indigenous Movement – They aim to foster the creation [...] Continue Reading

Indigenous Web Round-up

Each week Sinchi shares indigenous news, stories and media from around the world our weekly round-up. With a focus on arts & culture and promoting the strength of indigenous knowledge. We also introduce new members who have joined our global collaboration network. This week, we’re happy to feature: Dedicated group of East Arnhem Land individuals [...] Continue Reading

Indigenous Web Round-Up

Each week Sinchi shares indigenous news, stories and media from around the world in our weekly round up. With a focus on arts & culture and promoting the strength of indigenous knowledge.   We also introduce new members who have joined our global collaboration network.  This week, we’re happy to feature; Adventurous musical recording with indigenous musicians: Small Island, [...] Continue Reading

Indigenous Web Round-Up

Each week Sinchi shares indigenous news from around the world in our weekly round up. With a focus on arts & culture and promoting the strength of indigenous knowledge.   We also introduce new members who have joined our global collaboration network.  This week, we’re happy to feature; NL-based magazine and platform for curated experience Let’s Explore Magazine  [...] Continue Reading

Indigenous Web Round-Up

Each week Sinchi shares some of the most interesting articles and news from the indigenous world. A mixture of old and new but all worth checking out. Weekly Round Up – 23rd November 2016. Uncontacted Yanomami Indians photographed This week, indigenous rights organization Survival published photos of groups of Yanomami Indians in Brazil that have [...] Continue Reading

Indigenous Web Round-Up

Each week Sinchi shares some of the most interesting articles and news from the indigenous world. A mixture of old and new but all worth checking out. Weekly Round Up – 17th November 2016. ———————————————————————————————————– Amsterdam stands with Standing Rock Being based in Amsterdam we felt it was about time to publish something about our [...] Continue Reading

Indigenous Web Round-Up

Each week Sinchi shares some of the most interesting articles and news from the indigenous world. A mixture of old and new but all worth checking out. Weekly Round Up – 10th November 2016. ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— An Aboriginal mission to Europe -to negotiate the return of centuries-old artefacts– has made a shock discovery in a Berlin [...] Continue Reading

Sinchi Ambassador – Wayne Quilliam

Sinchi is proud to be working alongside acclaimed aboriginal photographer Wayne Quilliam. Following Sinchi’s discovery project with various aboriginal communities in Australia during 2016, we shared some of our experiences and subsequent goals with Wayne Quilliam. We were delighted to make an instant connection based on our shared belief in instigating positive social change through the power of [...] Continue Reading

Sinchi Community Support and Objectives

Sinchi Discovery Project Australia – Preservation of Indigenous Culture and Learning from Ancient knowledge Sinchi is a not for profit organization that has been created to work throughout the world in the field of Human Rights with a special interest on the preservation of indigenous culture and children’s rights. Sinchi is founded by Tom Wheeler [...] Continue Reading

Totem 002 – Christopher Coe

Our second featured guest is Christopher Coe, an Irishman who has spent most of his life in Australia and now resides in Amsterdam, where he has set up and managed a great electronic music production studio in collaboration with Beatport and ID&T. Long term practising Buddhist and  all round great guy who values the breaking of [...] Continue Reading

The Sinchi Symbol

Following a number of enquiries and questions, we’d like to tell you more about the Sinchi logo…. It is an aboriginal icon that represents meeting place (concentric circles) and journey path (lines) . The meeting place is culturally a significant site to Aboriginal men and women. The colours used represent the red earth and our [...] Continue Reading

Totem 001 – Iron Gump

We’re delighted to launch the new Community area of the Sinchi Tribe site.  Within this area, we will feature inspirational people from around the world, who are instigating positive change in their own way. This could be individuals working with communities, in sustainable projects or artists / musicians who help us connect more deeply to ourselves and the [...] Continue Reading

Sinchi Launch Event

Our inaugural event will be hosted on Saturday 24th September, 2016 at Pllek in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Continue Reading

Sinchi International – the network

Sinchi International is a global network of likeminded individuals who are passionate about human rights and related issues . We work together towards achieving sustainable change on both a local and international level. Continue Reading

Discovery Project…

'If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time; but if you are here because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together'. Lilla Watson Continue Reading

What’s in a Name?

Sinchi is a *Quechuan word. Its signifies strength, courage and leadership. This represents the core values of the organisation; that is the strength to stand up for what is right and the courage to take action, against injustices. * Quechua is the name of the people and language spoken by up to 11 million people in [...] Continue Reading