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, Big Song.
Brazilian non-profit for the preservation of heritage, identity and ultimate survival of Amazonian tribes Xapiri.

Dutch based versatile contemporary artist with a critical worldview Ronald Duikersloot.

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The Dreamweavers

This week we start off with something very authentic and soothing: a beautiful 15 minute impression of the daily life and arts and culture of the Phillipinean T’boli tribe. The T’boli are especially famous for their rich embroidery (see picture to the right). Legend has it that the women of the tribe are visited by the spirit of the abaca hemp in their sleep -Fudalu-, and he bestows upon them the exclusive talent and creativity in weaving the tribe’s sacred cloth, which is why they are also referred to as: ‘the Dreamweavers’.

Take a look at the full video right here.

US veterans beg natives for forgiveness

Last week was all about good news coming from Standing Rock. First off, the Army Corps denied acces for the planned North Dakota Pipeline to run through native American territory. And the day after this happened. Assembled veterans took a kneel before Lakota elder and activist Crow Dog and begged him and his people for forgiveness for the genocide and warcrimes committed by the United States Military. People from all over the globe responded with delight and hopes for the future of American Indians and their land.

American actor Mark Ruffalo Twittered: “Protecting sacred land and water is a duty we all share. We will continue to stand together.” 

Cholitas celebrate femininity, dignity and Andean heritage

National Geographic published a beautiful picture story with Bolivian traditional dress. Photographer Delphine Blast became inspired to take pictures of the so called cholitas when she traveled to La Paz and found that the once marginalized traditional dress of the women there was now a source of pride for them, and a way to reclaim their heritage. The result is a playful mix of anthropological photography and candid portraiture of strong and very feminine women with their own distinct identities. See the full story right here.