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How an ancient Japanese tribe reclaims its identity

Being one of the most literate and technologically advanced countries in the world, Japan is the only Asian country so far to belong to the first world. Contrary to many other developed countries, Japan still has a very homogenous population and a dominant cultural practice. According to Japanese studies, it is estimated that approximately 98% […]

Sinchi November 17 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: Co-creating impact journeys and visual storytelling that enhance […]

Photo Journal: The Spirits of the Deceased

Photography by Herma Darmstadt “Egungun (Tchengo) Savalou, Benin (2016). Egungun are the spirits of the deceased. Among many African cultures they are highly respected and considered very powerful. Ancestors are honoured with altar, music and prayer. In turn they offer guidance, prosperity and protection. Sometimes they return to earth to bring wisdom and restore order.” […]

Protectors of the Earth Travel through Europe

A group of indigenous elders and representatives of indigenous communities around the world are currently visiting European cities for what they call a ‘Political Coffee’. The purpose is a sharing of stories that communities from Congo, Amazonia, Mesoamerica and Indonesia all have in common: their battle against corrupt local governments and businesses to preserve their […]

Symbiotic Cuisine

In a world where ingredients for our daily meals are mass produced and we largely depend upon supermarkets and big restaurant chains, it isn’t easy to retrieve some form of symbiotic balance within our diet. However, symbiotic relationships are as old as the earth itself and refer to the natural association of two organisms benefitting […]

Sinchi October 17 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: Berlin based Tech Open Air, Europe’s leading interdisciplinary […]

Photo Journal: From Girl to Woman Without the Knife

Photography by: Anja Ligtenberg Pongezi means congratulations in Swahili. Congratulations to the girls who are now women without being circumcised and to a community that had the courage to break with a centuries-old tradition. This series shows alternative rites of passage, replacing traditional circumcision with education for Maasai girls in Kenya. In the new ritual, […]