An Overview of the Traditions and History of the Wantok People

The Melanesian Archipelago consists of four individual nations; Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Vanuatu, and the Solomon Islands. The term “Melanesia“ was first used by a French explorer, Jules Dumont d’Urville. The Wantok people are known for their mostly peaceful past, … Continue reading An Overview of the Traditions and History of the Wantok People

Dragon Blood Trees

Significance of Indigenous Socotra Dragon Blood Trees in Modern Medicine

The Dragon Blood Tree of Socotra looks like something straight out of a children’s storybook. This is because of its strange umbrella shape. Once the branch of the tree is cut, something even stranger happens. It “bleeds” blood-red resin. If … Continue reading Significance of Indigenous Socotra Dragon Blood Trees in Modern Medicine

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women as a Damaging Sociocultural Effect of Colonialism

The colonialism of Indigenous people in Canada has already affected them drastically, as there were attempts to erase their culture and history. The increasing number of Indigenous women going missing in recent years has garnered attention as another attempt to … Continue reading Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women as a Damaging Sociocultural Effect of Colonialism

Evo Morales, Climate Change, and the Restrictions of Colonization

Colonization was not an inevitable process, rather an important historical process that shaped the global order. The intersectional relationships between colonization, economic power, and socio-political framework, created an institutional foundation of social inequalities against Indigenous peoples. Colonization set off a … Continue reading Evo Morales, Climate Change, and the Restrictions of Colonization

Painting of Sequoyah (circa 1770–1843), inventor of the Cherokee syllabary.

Unpacking Linguistic Imperialism and Protecting Indigenous Languages

Linguistic imperialism refers to prejudicial or oppressive treatment based on how an individual uses language (such as accents, phrasing, code-switching, loan words, and colloquialisms). Examples of this can be seen in specific work settings, education systems, and marketing. Members of … Continue reading Unpacking Linguistic Imperialism and Protecting Indigenous Languages

Potlatch tradition

How the Kwakwaka’wakw People Preserve the Tradition of the Hamatsa Ceremony and Potlatch

The Potlatch in Northwest Coast Indigenous Cultures  The Potlatch, or feast hall system, is an integral part of the governance structures of many Indigenous cultures found along the Pacific Northwest coast of North America. Decisions are made during this ceremony, … Continue reading How the Kwakwaka’wakw People Preserve the Tradition of the Hamatsa Ceremony and Potlatch

The future of human habitation and economic production in French Polynesia depends on its ability to adapt to and mitigate sea-level rise and coral bleaching and acidification

Polynesians and How We Can Sustain their Indigenous Way of Life

A row boat wading in turquoise blue waters off the shore of a small uninhabited island in French Polynesia: Carrigan, Keone. “French Polynesia – A Southern Pacific Paradise.” Exquisite Travel Group, 28 Feb. 2020, exquisitetravelgroup.com/french-polynesia-a-southern-pacific-paradise/.  Introduction Hugging the pristine California … Continue reading Polynesians and How We Can Sustain their Indigenous Way of Life