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Indigenous Peoples and Cultural Survival

Priscilla A. Day

in Encyclopedia of Social Work

Published by NASW Press and Oxford University Press


Published online July 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780199975839 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199975839.013.952

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Indigenous people across the globe are struggling for the cultural survival of their families and communities. This article provides an overview of indigenous people across the world and some of the many challenges they face to keep their cultures alive and strong. Indigenous peoples live throughout the world and share many common characteristics, which are described in detail in the article. Historical and contemporary challenges affecting cultural survival are provided, including accounts of the history of colonization and some of its lasting impacts on indigenous people and their cultures. Bolivia is highlighted as a country that has embraced the “living well” concept. The article closes by encouraging people to learn about and become allies with indigenous people because, ultimately, we are all impacted by the same threats.

Keywords: indigenous people; cultural survival; colonization; genocide; Bolivia; living well

Article.  8228 words. 

Subjects: International and Global Issues in Social Work ; Social Work Practice Settings ; Race and Ethnicity ; Social Justice and Human Rights

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