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Indigenous Leadership

Learning from our oldest cultures.

Stories That Light Up The Dark Stories That Light Up The Dark
by Sanjay Khanna
The experiences of our ancestors offer us wisdom for surviving today's crises.
A New Age of People Power: Lessons from the Dongria Kondh A New Age of People Power: Lessons from the Dongria Kondh
by John Perkins
With greater power to build alliances across boundaries, the Davids of the world are having more success throwing off the Goliaths.
Tribes Unite to Fight BP Tribes Unite to Fight BP
by Sue Sturgis
Indigenous leaders from Ecuador visited Louisiana to share what they learned in a decades-long battle with Texaco.
Western Showdown: Saving the Klamath Western Showdown: Saving the Klamath
by Alice Outwater
How the tribes of the Klamath River stood up for the salmon—and won.
Alaska Native Wisdom for Modern Times Alaska Native Wisdom for Modern Times
by Llarion Merculieff
The Roman Empire lasted for 500 years; southwest Alaska’s Aleuts for 9,000. As the economy crumbles, what can Alaska Natives teach us about sustainable economics?
Ancient Traditions Keep Desert Waters Flowing Ancient Traditions Keep Desert Waters Flowing
by Arturo Sandoval
New Mexico's acequias—communal irrigation canals—still function as a tool to preserve and share scarce desert water.
Cochabamba’s Message: Let the People Speak Cochabamba’s Message: Let the People Speak
by Janet Redman
The World People's Summit broke new ground by allowing those most affected by a changing climate the chance to speak out about their ideas for just solutions.
From Crisis to Opportunity From Crisis to Opportunity
by Velcrow Ripper
Will the World People's Summit be a turning point in the climate crisis?
Local Knowledge and Local Technologies Local Knowledge and Local Technologies
by Elizabeth Cooper
At the World People's Conference on Climate Change, the emphasis on local and indigenous knowledge stands out.
The Open Veins of Climate Change The Open Veins of Climate Change
by Eduardo Galeano
Message from Eduardo Galeano, the author of Open Veins of Latin America, to participants of the First World Peoples’ Summit on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in the Bolivian city of Cochabamba.
A Thousand Suns A Thousand Suns
Our new problems might require paying attention to old wisdom. A new documentary looks to indigenous leadership for answers—and throws our way of life into sharp relief.
Climate Game Changer Climate Game Changer
by Sarah van Gelder
Can Cochabamba pick up where Copenhagen failed?
Economic Recovery, Hawaiian Style Economic Recovery, Hawaiian Style
by Lurline Wailana McGregor
What indigenous economies can teach us about abundance.
Bolivia to Host Climate Summit for the People Bolivia to Host Climate Summit for the People
by Margit Christenson
Bolivian President Evo Morales has called for an alternative climate-change conference, this one involving governments as well as non-governmental organizations, indigenous groups, scientists, and environmentalists.
Avatar in the Amazon Avatar in the Amazon
Indigenous Amazonian communities in Ecuador share their take on the American blockbuster, Avatar.
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