Indigenous peoples, also referred to as First peoples, First nations, Aboriginal peoples or Native peoples, are culturally distinct ethnic groups whose members are directly descended from the earliest known inhabitants of a particular geographic region and, to some extent, maintain the language and culture of those original peoples.
Davi Kopenawa, the shaman of the Yanomami people in Brasil, once said:
“When we’re working, or when we’re walking, we sing all the time. We never forget to sing.”
Music is a universal language of all nations, tribes, and societies. With that in mind, Indigos started a campaign last year with a song to raise awareness of Indigenous Peoples and their cultures, knowledge, and threats they are facing worldwide.
The song is called Kobe Kobe Amazonia, refrain is sung in the Indigenous language of the Warao people from the Orinoco River. So far, it has been released in English, Spanish, and Czech languages, with the following translations coming soon.
Kobe Kobe Amazonia (EN): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsD-CD8XbeA
What is Indigos? A group of awarenists from Czechia, whose hearts beat for Indigenous Peoples.
It’s also a grassroots movement to connect people, organizations, initiatives, and governments to raise awareness, preserve Indigenous culture and lead the society to follow Indigenous Peoples’ human rights.
Last but not least, it’s a vision of the future, where Indigenous Peoples are the guardians of our Mother Nature, as they have the knowledge our western world lacks.
“Indigenous Peoples are the Best Stewards of the Mother Earth” – David Suzuki
Numbers are clear – According to the World Bank, Indigenous Peoples make up almost 6% of the world’s population but account for 19% of the extremely poor. And most importantly, they safeguard 80% of biodiversity on the Earth. Despite their official recognition either locally by governments or globally – UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, their existence is often severely endangered, be it destruction and contamination of their native land, abuse of women and children, discrimination from the society, lack of proper policy or even murders and genocide.
We are deeply convinced that this behavior is wrong on every level, as it is not only destructive to Indigenous heritage and culture and leads to deaths and suffering of innocent people but is contra-productive for society as a whole. In times of climate urgency, there is no space for shortsighted exploitation of their land. It is time to unite the world to act responsibly.
The first step is to popularize the topic in an accessible way. So, while disseminating the song and working on new versions, we put together resources for the Indigopedia project – an interactive map of Indigenous tribes, all information in one place, supported by Indigenous-inspired music and art.