Armed with bows, arrows, and heavy wooden clubs, roughly a dozen indigenous men of the Munduruku tribe take shifts guarding the entrance to the construction site of the world's third-largest dam, the Belo Monte.
I live in a culture with close ties to the Arctic. Much of our traditional lands are above the polar circle. I also live in a culture where all questions are considered environmental questions. I was taught that if I show care for our nature, I also show care for myself and the people I love.
We did preserve our ability to exercise our right to free speech and to be a watchdog against corporate crimes. That right is vital to protect the power of the people in our society. We will exercise that right until we do win the things Amazonian communities in Ecuador need most.
The benefits from resilient forest ecosystems will accrue to current and future generations. But the direct beneficiaries should be the 1.4 billion people in forest-dependent communities whose rights need to be better reflected in law.
Proponents advocated the replacement of the Native pair with an African couple, owing to the island's overwhelming African-descended population, but they underestimated Jamaicans' own identification with the island's First Nation.
Thanks to the same fossil fuel industry that's ripping apart Aboriginal lands, we're at the very end of our rope as a species; it's time, finally, to listen to the people we've spent the last five centuries shunting to one side.
In the southern Amazon basin of Ecuador, the air is filled with the sound of macaws and the distant sound of thunder. But as soon as next year, the metallic hammering of oil drills may join the chorus. Local indigenous leaders are dead-set on not letting that happen.
Language, tradition, geography, ethnicity and religion offer the illusion of separation, but experiencing the sacred brings us to the source and commonality of our creation stories. We all live under a dome of stars and hope to find our way home to our individual Creators.
Despite lawsuits and public opposition, wolf hunting began in Minnesota on November 3. The dry scientific and legal facts offer fodder for heated discussion, but there is an important story of spiritual and moral imperative that has escaped media attention.
At recent U.N. conferences, side events carried out by civil society organizations have come to be at least as important as the governmen- level activities themselves, particularly with regard to raising awareness and political or private sector will for innovative solutions.
At the mention of the date Dec. 21, 2012, many people picture catastrophe -- floods, earthquakes and war. However, the man often referred to as the Mayan Pope suggests a better image to illustrate the end of the Mesoamerican calendar: a serpent swallowing its tail.
The centenary event that recalls the history of oppression, destruction and abuse that was visited on the indigenous of the region must be a chill reminder for all corporations who decide to explore the oil and gas reserves that lie beneath the surface of these lands.
Our challenge is to let go of a relative new story that has defined us as unconnected individuals acting for purely self-interest, and learn from the story that still thrives amongst people like the Mayan Ixil; a story that insists that we can act "in accord with the world."
Abuses inEthiopia, including arbitrary arrests, beatings and killings, have been occurring not in an armed conflict or political uprising, but as part of a government program billed as improving life for indigenous people and other ethnic minorities in designated rural areas.
Right now is the perfect time to think about those throughout history and across the world who, because of their regional, cultural, or ethnic ties, have been colonized, marginalized, displaced, or oppressed.
After having the largest environmental judgment in history -- $19 billion -- handed down against them and held up under appeal, Chevron is fooling fewer and fewer people hardly any of the time these days.