There are an estimated 370 million indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries. They make up less than 5 percent of the world’s population, but protect over 80% of the world’s biodiversity. They speak an overwhelming majority of the world’s estimated 7,000 languages and represent 5,000 different cultures.
The inheritors and practitioners of these unique cultures represent a continuum of intellect and creativity throughout history. These are distinct from dominant societies and they have a deep understanding of the interconnectedness of all living things. This is often manifested through ceremony and storytelling with an emphasis on community, cooperation and a responsibility to protect the environment.
Indigenous peoples have sought recognition of their identities, way of life and their right to traditional lands, territories and natural resources for years, yet throughout history their rights have been repeatedly violated.
It’s time we stand united!
What We Do
As an ally of indigenous peoples, our objective is to show the importance of cultural diversity and keeping our connection to the natural world intact. We act as a bridge between two worlds, highlighting the many challenges indigenous peoples face and how we can support them
This comes in many forms from projects promoting self-determination, events to raise awareness/funds, our Sinchi Fund which provides grants to indigenous photographers/ filmmakers, the global Sinchi Awards recognizing the best indigenous artists around the world, our international network connecting different organizations to sharing stories and educating our community.
Free West Papua Campaign
Anangu Ngangkari Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation
NOOR Images & Foundation
Indigenous Education Foundation Of Tanzania
Netherlands Association for North American Indians
We Matter Campaign
Wadeken Wasjibon Maria
Voices of Amerikua
Heroes & Friends
The Land Portal
Rebecca Hossack Art Galleries
The Sinchi Network
We believe mutual understanding and cooperation can only be reached through the exchange of ideas and sharing of resources. Our aspiration is to connect communities with organisations, creatives, press and venues who support indigenous causes.
“Culture takes diverse forms across time and space. This diversity is embodied in the uniqueness and plurality of the identities of the groups and societies making up humankind. As a source of exchange, innovation and creativity, cultural diversity is as necessary for humankind as biodiversity is for nature. In this sense, it is the common heritage of humanity and should be recognized and affirmed for the benefit of present and future generations”
UN’s declaration on cultural diversity
Sinchi Indigenous Artist Awards
Now open for entries
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