Thursday, August 26, 2010

Indigenous peoples: the original inhabitants

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Originally uploaded by trudeau
The adjective indigenous has the common meaning of "from" or "of the original origin".

Indigenous peoples are people, communities, and nations who claim a historical continuity and cultural affinity with societies endemic to their original territories that developed prior to exposure to the larger connected civilization associated with Western culture, says Wikipedia.

Other terms for indigenous peoples include aborigines, aboriginal people, native people, first people, fourth world cultures and autochthonous.