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The Best Sites For International Day Of The World’s Indigenous People


'Yellow Bird Apache Dancers Perform in Human Rights Council Chamber at UN Meeting on Rights of Indigenous Peoples.' photo (c) 2011, United States Mission Geneva - license:

The United Nations has declared August 9th to be The International Day Of The World’s Indigenous People.

I don’t have a whole lot of time but, since it’s coming up, I thought I put together a simple list of related-resources and add to them later.

You might also be interested in A Beginning List Of The Best Folklore & Myth Sites.

Here are my choices for The Best Sites For International Day Of The World’s Indigenous People (and are accessible to English Language Learners):

CNN has two good videos:

Battle Over Rainforests In Panama

The last member of an Andaman Island tribe dies, taking her language with her

Photos of Amazon tribe not a hoax is an MSNBC video.

At the Big Myth, you can watch and listen to creation stories from indigenous people from around the world.

Stories of the Dreaming is a multimedia feature on the stories of the indigenous people of Australia.

You watch and listen to a number of aboriginal stories at site. Click on “Aboriginal Stories.”

Dust Echoes is another site featuring Aboriginal stories from Australia.

Indigenous Language Map documents languages in Australia, including audio samples.

Native Planet has several slideshows about the indigenous peoples of India.

Song of the Forest is an Oxfam video about Peru.

Indigenous Venezuelan Tradition Sparks Debate is a New York Times slideshow.

Native voices from the heart of Alaska is an audio slideshow from the World Wildlife Fund.

Indigenous Geography from the National Museum of the American Indian helps you learn about indigenous people throughout North and South America.

PBS has an interactive map showing the indigenous roots of many place names in the United States.

How Stuff Works has numerous videos about Native Americans.

Codetalkers is an interactive about Native Americans in World War II.

The Buffalo and Native Americans is a video from the History Channel.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine has a fascinating timeline of Native People’s Concepts Of Health And Healing.

The History Channel also has numerous slideshows on Native Americans.

The Smithsonian has an impressive collection of teacher materials related to Native Americans.

The Smithsonian also has a buffalo hide painting activity that I have used.

We Shall Remain is a new PBS mini-series on Native American history. You can watch the episodes for free online, and it also offers an excellent teacher’s guide.

The Library of Congress has brought together many resources for Native American Heritage Month.

American Indian Responses To Environmental Challenges is an interactive from The Smithsonian.

Amazon Watch and Survival International are two groups working to assist indigenous peoples, and they both have multimedia resources (thanks to Willem for the tip).

Fighting For Survival is a short video about indigenous people in Kenya fighting against the effects of climate change:

Fighting for Survival: Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change in Kenya from CTA on Vimeo.

Brazil Indigenous compete in weeklong sports event is a series of photos from The Sacramento Bee.

The Ashaninka, A Threatened Way of Life is a slideshow from The Atlantic.

Latin American indigenous groups join forces to fight dams is from The BBC.

Internet Indians: In Contextual Video Player is from Al Jazeera.

The Guardian published an interactive called Peoples under threat around the world: map. Here’s how they describe it:

How safe are indigenous peoples around the world? map shows country rankings according to the latest Peoples Under Threat index from Minority Rights Group International. South Sudan is the highest riser, although it has only just come into existence.

Here’s a “movie” showing the loss of Native American land over the past 250 years. You can read more about it at The Atlantic:

Indigenous Tribe Rises up in Colombia is a TIME slideshow.

Pine Ridge Community Storytelling Project is an interactive from National Geographic that’s part of a larger project on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Lakota Winter Counts is an interactive from The Smithsonian.

Woven Together is another Smithsonian interactive.

Brazilian Police Evict Indigenous Squatters from 2014 Stadium Site is a photo gallery from The Atlantic.

An Indigenous Way of Life Threatened by Oil Sands in Canada is a photo gallery from The New York Times.

Snapshot: Indigenous Women

by UNWomen.
Explore more infographics like one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.

Native American Heritage Month is the U.S. government’s site for related educational materials.

Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian is from PBS.

Teaching History has a number of related resources.

American Indian Heritage Month comes from the Utah Education Network.

Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month, Grades K-5 is from The NEA.

The Invasion of America: How the United States Took Over an Eighth of the World
shows the takeover of land from Native Americans using a timeline slider.

The LandMark map shows indigenous land throughout the world.

The World Indigenous Games is a photo gallery from The Boston Globe.

I’m looking forward to more suggestions in the comment section…

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


  1. Just an FYI: National Aboriginal Day in Canada is June 21!

  2. Larry, another very informative site is “Survival International” together with one of my favorite Amazone sites:

  3. Thanks Larry! I love you LOTS!

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