Diversity of Traditional Cultures of the World Through the Portraits of Indigenous Peoples. The photo project by Alexander Khimushin.
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Celebrating the World's indigenous people in this beautiful Photograph, a piece from The World In Faces photo project by Alexander Khimushin which captures the diversity of traditional cultures around the world through the portraits of Indigenous People. August 9th, was the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. We are always looking to support inclusive initiates and fundraisers. You can also support and share by following the links and connect with The World In Faces Institute, a nonprofit organization that will document and preserves Indigenous Heritage.
We recently read about how the aborigines used to manage the land to reduce the chances of fires in extreme temperatures, it’s ancient knowledge that should be sought and listened to. The need of the hour is to collaborate and integrate indigenous people's deep-rooted cultural and local knowledge, innovations and practices and work with them to help governments of the world to sustainably safeguard the biodiversity.
World over we are seeing the disfranchisement of the indigenous people is the reason for deforestation poaching and unsustainable exploitation of natural resources and wildlife. There is a dire need for alternative renewable energy and food resources and land protection (Especially the green lungs of the earth like the Amazon forest)
The amazing indigenous people of the world comprise but 5% of the population of the planet, but amazingly protect 80% of global biodiversity Their extensive knowledge of nature, and the territories they reside in can teach us much about how to rebalance our relationship with nature, and reduce the risk of future pandemics.
In order to achieve a better future for all, we must recognize the incredible power of our youth and our amazing indigenous peoples. A better world is only possible if EVERYONE EVERYWHERE is included in the path forward, without leaving anyone behind. A shared purpose.
From an Inclusion and Diversity perspective, we wonder why we don't learn from the thinking and wisdom of the indigenous peoples about culture and what they value most that they must protect? The challenge most organisations face today is what motivates employees? Many organizations think a fancy office and free food and drinks.. monetary benefits etc. is the key. But the wisdom of the indigenous peoples tells us its not this "what motivates them" but what will hold them together. The camaraderie. The bonhomie. What will their shared values be? What will their shared beliefs be? What is going to be their totem pole or their relic that they identify with? The WHAT that will tell the same story and remind them of the story of the purpose of the organisation. If the story of the purpose is not strong and it does not inspire the people the business will start to break and diminish. The sharing of information and story telling engages with our sense of purpose. A shared purpose.