International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

A participant during the opening of the eleventh session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in May 2012. (UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz)August 9th, is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.  This year’s theme is “Indigenous Media, Empowering Indigenous Voices”:

The theme aims to highlight the importance of indigenous media in challenging stereotypes, forging indigenous peoples’ identities, communicating with the outside world, and influencing the social and political agenda. (United Nations)

Given the inspiration many Pagans have drawn from various indigenous peoples, including the rediscovery of our own ancestral traditions, this day may be an opportunity for reverence, reflection, and activism.  It may also be appropriate to engage with issues of cultural appropriation in our communities.

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