The Native Renaissance – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

The Native Renaissance – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

What do Achuar, Altai, Awa, Gunai, and Tat have in common? If you are not sure, how about Pee Posh, PNong, Yapa Yapa, and Yora? These are some of the languages of indigenous peoples across the globe. In fact, native peoples speak about 4,000 of the 7,000 languages that exist. The importance and value of native peoples cannot be overestimated in today’s discourses about the need for a balanced ecosystem.

There is much that the world can learn from native peoples about conservation, and the protection of the diversity that we call Planet Earth. But it has not been easy for these chasers of the sun. The lack of an indigenous policy has meant that in many cases the rights of native peoples have been violated.    

According to the World Bank, ‘ while Indigenous Peoples own, occupy or use a quarter of the world’s surface area, they safeguard 80 percent of the world’s remaining diversity. They hold ancestral knowledge and expertise on how to adapt, mitigate and reduce risks from climate change and natural disasters.’

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