Understanding Indigenous Peoples’ Way of Life, Key to Solving Eco Issues

By Dian Hasan | June 11, 2009


An Amazon Native Indian holds the future in his hands

In the past, indigenous people and native tribes living in far and deep corners of the world were often considered as an exotic find. Their primitive and “unmodern” ways of life, from their attire and customs, to their unique way of survival and methods of conquering and “making peace” with their natural environments was studied incessantly. This was of course before terms like sustainability, organic, eco-friendly, and green entered mainstream and considered as “being the cool and earth-correct way of thinking”.


Dayak Indigenous Tribe, Borneo (Kalimantan), Indonesia

Today, these very people are not only admired for their tenacious survival across generations, but considered global role models of successful conservation and sustainability of natural resources. Their habitats in the remote corners of our planet has meant that they are – by default – the guardians of our planet’s last remaining wilderness and biodiversity.

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Dayak Indigenous Tribe, Borneo (Kalimantan), Indonesia

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Aborigins of Australia

Helping give indigenous people a voice, and have them speak to a broader global audience is essential for their protection and survival. The non-for-profit organization, Native Planet, makes it is mission to document their unique way of life. In the face of fast-paced changes that are pushing for economic modernization and globalization, it offers not only a window into their fascinating cultures. But more importantly, to become aware of what lessons the rest of “the modern world” can learn from them. It is imperative that indigenous people can retain their old ways, that have been passed down through generations over the centuries.

Inspiration: Ursi’s Blog

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