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 of new solutions and alternatives to global Indigenous issues, including sustainable economic development and climate change, always with respect to nature, dignity, and collective rights. 

Photographer and film-maker Katharina Louise from Germany who is closely connected to art and nature and spends a lot of time traveling while capturing the profoundness of human moments.

Raventrust. – Their mission is to raise legal defence funds to assist First Nations who enforce their rights and title to protect their traditional territories.


Crazy… or wise? That is the question human-rights photographer and filmmaker Phil Borges asked himself while making his documentary Crazywise. The documentary features indigenous cultures and their views on mental crises, which often contradict our Western believe-systems about what is crazy and what is sane. In many indigenous communities “psychotic” symptoms are regarded as an indicator for shamanic potential and a positive transformative experience. The documentary therefor explores the ways in which we can learn from these communities, to contribute to a society where mental health issues are becoming more and more common.

Phil Borges has also taken numerous breath-taking photos of endangered cultures around the world, go to his website to see some of his work.

Ancient Inca Rope Bridge

We’ve recently featured a beautiful example of indigenous community effort on our Sinchi pages, namely the story of the ancient hanging and handwoven rope bridge at 100 km of Cuzco, Peru.

Originally built in the time of the Inca empire, the bridge was once part of a network of bridges, but is now the only one of its kind. Spanning 36 meter over and at 67 meter above the Apurimac river, Qeswachaka is built using the ancient Qhapaq nan technique.

Every second week of June there is a rebuilding ceremony where around a thousand men and women from various Andean communities gather and reconstruct the bridge from a local grass called q’oya. With this rebuilding ceremony Inca ancestors are honoured and celebrated and their centuries old traditions kept alive.


Musical feature: Blues from Mali to liberate nomadic tribes

Ever heard of the Touareg? They are a nomadic (Berber)tribe, mainly moving around central North Africa. They have a very rich musical tradition, which is a mixture of western and eastern Blues and has become increasingly popular throughout the rest of the world in the past decade. Probably most well-known is the Malinese band Tinariwen, which means ‘desserts’ in the traditional Touareg language.

Tinariwen was founded during a part of the band members’ imprisonment in a Libyan camp, where they found comfort in music and their joined cause: the liberation of the nomadic tribes of North Africa. The lyrics to their music are therefor always politically engaged, of which you can hear an example in this clip (pay attention to subtitles for translation):