Sociology Index


Indigenous peoples are those people inhabiting a land prior to colonization by another nation, like the Arawak and Carib Indians of West Indies. Indigenous Peoples are culturally distinct societies and communities. Indigenous Peoples are distinct populations in that the land on which they live, and the natural resources on which they depend, are inextricably linked to their identities and cultures. Around the world there are more than 5,000 different Indigenous Peoples, speaking more than 4,000 languages. There are about 400 million indigenous people spread across 70 countries worldwide. Practicing unique traditions, indigenous people retain social, cultural, economic and political characteristics that are distinct from those of the dominant societies in which they live. A potlatch is a gift-giving feast practiced by indigenous peoples.

Indigenous people are the descendants of those who inhabited a country or a geographical region at the time when people of different cultures or ethnic origins arrived and later became dominant. Among the indigenous peoples are the Lakota in the USA, the Mayas in Guatemala, the Aymaras in Bolivia, the Inuit and Aleutians of the circumpolar region, the Saami of northern Europe, the Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders of Australia and the Maori of New Zealand. Indigenous peoples have the right to maintain and strengthen their distinct political, economic, social and cultural characteristics, as well as their legal systems.

Pope Francis has finally apologized for the Roman Catholic Church’s involvement in residential schools that abused Indigenous children for over 100 years, and where signs of hundreds of unmarked graves have been discovered.

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Solemnly Proclaims that: Indigenous peoples have the right to the full and effective enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms. Indigenous individuals and peoples are free and equal to all other individuals and peoples in dignity and rights, and have the right to be free from any kind of adverse discrimination. Indigenous peoples have the right of self-determination. Every indigenous individual has the right to a nationality.

The Dialectics of Indigenous Culture and Change in Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart - Willie Hobbs III. Abstract: The nature and role of colonialism in the transformation is a matter that is far from settled. Establishes a dialectical and collaborative interpretation of such readings of the African past by both Achebe and Clifford.