Indigenous peoples of the world

An introduction to the Sami people

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“We’re glad that you’ve found your way to this website. This is not one official website, but only a general presentation which was made many years ago when there wasnt any presentation of us the Sami people on the Internet.

It used to have one official status however. So if you are a webmaster or maintainer of any kind of online information and have this site linked with a text referring to any kind of “officialhood” for this website, please make appropriate changes.

(find the official page here)


Saemieh, the reindeer people.

The Sami’s language, traditional clothing, handicraft, and music, are distinctively different from other ethnic groups in Scandinavia.
In Sweden there is 44 native communitys where the familys derives most of the income from their reindeers, an economy that in most cases is combined with fishing, hunting and crafts.
A majority of the Sami population pursue other careers however, since there isn’t enough space for everyone in a habitat that is constantly shrinking due to mining operations, clean-cutting of the forests and the construction of hydroelectric powerplants.
The “Reindeer Husbandry Law” of 1971, allows the Sami some freedom for the economical life within the native communitys. The present law, like its predecessors, does however only regulate the rights of Sami’s involved in the reindeerhusbandry. So only those Sami’s who carry out reindeer herding have any native land and water rights in the Sami nation. The land and water rights of Sami fishermen and hunters or other Sami’s have never been covered by law.”


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We invite scholars to join us at the international conference Contemporary Indigenous Realities to be held at the Faculty of Philosophy, Niksic, University of Montenegro, on June 25-27, 2015.


Realities, being “attributes and circumstances that shape one’s perspective,” invite contributions from a variety of disciplines including cultural and ethnic studies, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, history, arts, literature, linguistics, and education. By “contemporary” we mean exclusively turn-of the twenty-first century phenomena related to indigenous peoples. We hope that scholars working within this broad range of fields should be able to easily tailor their current research around this topic.


We are interested in creating a vivid mosaic of contributions that would also involve performances, story-telling events, screenings, exhibitions, and poster sessions. We anticipate participation of several renowned scholars and filmmakers from Canada and the USA and are working towards an event at which scholars and artists would meet and temporarily work together towards new ideas.


Dr. Timothy Petete, from the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK, USA, will open the conference addressing Generation X and Indigenous Literature.


Abstracts containing up to 250 words (in Word format), up to 10 keywords, and a bio sketch, should be sent by March 1, 2015  to either Dr. Marija Krivokapic at or Dr. Sanja Runtic at


The conference fee is 70,00 euros for teachers and 50,00 euros for students. It includes conference material with the book of abstracts, conference dinner, conference excursion, refreshments, a CD of performances, and the book of proceedings.


The conference fee is to be paid by May 1, 2015. The bank account details will be sent to the authors after the registration deadline.


For the Organizing Committee,

Neil Diamond

Dr. Marija Krivokapic

Dr. Timothy Petete

Dr. Sanja Runtic


For the Academic Committee,

Dr. Janko Andrijašević, University of Montenegro

Dr. Jeanine Belgodere, University La Havre, France

Dr. Carla Comellini, University of Bologna, Italy

Dr. Marija Krivokapic, University of Montenegro

Dr. Vesna Lopicic, University of Nis, Serbia

Dr. Aleksandra Nikcevic-Batricevic, University of Montenegro

Dr. Timothy Petete, University of Central Oklahoma, USA

Dr. Sanja Runtic, University of Osijek, Croatia



Marija Krivokapic
Faculty of Philosophy
Danila Bojovica bb
40000 Niksic
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Across Latin America, a Struggle for Communal Land and Indigenous Autonomy

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Sunday, 20 July 2014 00:00By Santiago Navarro F., Renata Bessi and Translated by Miriam Taylor, Truthout | News Analysis


Communal Land and Autonomy

Entering into the heart of indigenous communities in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, land of the Mixtecs and the Zapotecs, is like opening a door to a world of shapes, textures, colors and flavors that contrasts with the Western culture that governs daily life in big cities and westernized families. These indigenous communities are strongly tied to the mountains, to the smell of coffee that mixes with the smell of pines and the fragrance of flowers, to the legends that are woven by looms into clothing. All this takes place in lands that cannot be bought or owned.

If poetry, legends, clothing and food are the ways in which the ancestral culture of the indigenous Oaxacans is materialized and maintained, then “uses and customs” is the living expression of the political system of these communities, which has maintained its legitimacy historically, like any other state system. Of the 570 municipalities in the state of Oaxaca, 418 are governed through the traditional form of political organization of “uses and customs.” Only 152 have adopted a conventional system using political parties, a striking reality that is not just relevant in Mexico but in all of Latin America.

As an example, Bolivia is the country with the largest indigenous population in Latin America; according to the UN, 62 percent of Bolivians are part of an indigenous group. Only 11 local governments, however, are recognized as autonomous, with the right to elect their authorities through their own “uses and customs” system.

Oaxaca, one of Mexico’s 31 states, has the country’s highest level of diversity as well as the largest indigenous population. Of the 3.5 million inhabitants in the state, according to official statistics, more than one-third of the population is of indigenous origin (1,165,186 individuals). However, it wasn’t until 1995 that all the municipalities’ normative systems of “uses and customs” were legally recognized in Oaxaca’s state congress.”


read the rest HERE

“Photo Essay: Indigenous Farmers Gather in the Andes to Plan for Climate Change”

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These photos document a gathering of indigenous groups from China, Bhutan, and Peru. They met in the spring to discuss climate change and plan a crop exchange program.

Campaign Update: Peru- “Pastaza” Film: A Story about Water and Life

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Our friends at Alianza Arkana just released a new documentary filmed in the Pastaza river basin in the Amazonian region of Peru.

From the filmmakers:

PASTAZA illuminates the reality of the indigenous peoples who live in the Peruvian Amazon, in zones of severe contamination resulting from almost half a century of oil exploitation. This film chronicles their struggle for well-being and the determination of their federations to raise the voices of their people, demanding justice.