Maasai girls receive education as an alternative to traditional circumcision

“Extinguish the Light of FGM -female genital mutilation-. Kindle the light of education.” is the phrase chanted by girls of a Maasai community in Magadi, southern Kenya. Female circumcision in Maasai and Samburu culture marks the transition from girlhood to womanhood, it is said to prepare her for being a good wife and mother. However, […]

Worlds’ longest living civilization spreads 65,000 year old story about the creation of stars

Within the beliefsystem of Aboriginal Australians, a songline, also called dreamtrack, is one of the paths across the land or sky which follow the route taken by so called creator beings during the creation of this world. The paths and landmarks along the way have since been narrated through song, dance and painting. When singing […]

Sinchi February 18 Update

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: Mission Lifeforce, re-alligning law to protect the earth […]

What it means to be an urban indigenous in Rio de Janeiro

When we think of indigenous culture, and the preservation of indigenous culture, not rarely our mind wonders off to a romanticized image of potluck feasts and rites of passage. However, modern society has forced many indigenous to move outside of their land, to seek education and financial resources to support their families, gravitating somewhere between […]

Last Nomads of the Sea tossed by Modern Winds and Piracy

Thousands of years ago, a small civilization of hunter gatherers migrated to the coastal regions of Southeast Asia. These people progressed into a widespread tribe of travelling sea dwellers. To this day, some of them have remained a stateless people without a consistent infrastructure, sometimes living miles away from land. Yet these people are one of the few civilizations […]