Friday, May 1, 2009

A Quest to Save Tribal Cultures Worldwide:
Inside Survival International



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Survival (SI) is the only international organization supporting tribal peoples worldwide. Founded in 1969 after an article by Norman Lewis in the UK's Sunday Times highlighted the massacres, land thefts and genocide taking place in Brazilian Amazonia, the organization now provides supportin 82 countries.

SI works for tribal peoples' rights in three complementary ways: education, advocacy and campaigns. In addition, they offer tribal people themselves a platform to address the world. They work closely with local indigenous organizations, and focus on tribal peoples who have the most to lose, usually those most recently in contact with the outside world.

SI's new short film, ‘Mine’, tells the story of one such group of people, the remote Dongria Kondh tribe’s and their struggle to protect the mountain they worship as a God.

London-based mining company Vedanta Resources plans a vast open-cast bauxite mine in India’s Niyamgiri hills, and the Dongria Kondh know that means the destruction of their forests, their way of life, and their mountain God. The film is only one of hundreds of stories of how modern culture is threatening precious indigenous cultures worldwide.

The film is narrated by Indian-born actress Joanna Lumley and features music by Skin.

For more information on Survival International, and you can support this extraordinary cause, go to www.survivalinternational.org


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