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How important is it that traditional knowledge is protected, and also passed on from one generation to the next. 
How important is it that TK is passed down in the language from which that knowledge originates?
Cultural Survival’s Dev Kumar Sunuwar met Elifuraha Laltaika, a member of the UN Forum on Indigenous Issues. 

Every year on June 26th, The International Day in Support of Victims against Torture is held, in an effort to speak out against the act of torture.

In this program we interview Martinus Fredericks and ask him about the long term consequences of torture. Mr Fredericks is from Namibia, his family members in the early 1900's were victims of torture.

We interviewed him via Skype.

Thelma Cabrera Pérez es una mujer indígena, Maya Mam, originaria del departamento de Retalhuleu del país de Guatemala, descendiente de una familia campesina, defensora de derechos humanos y de pueblos Indígenas desde hace más de 25 años.

Thelma en las elecciones generales de Guatemala 2019, aspira a la presidencia, por el El Movimiento para la Liberación de los Pueblos MLP.

The 18th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on the rights of Indigenous Peoples was held from April 22nd to May 3rd 2019. The theme for this year was Traditional Knowledge: Generation, Transmission and Protection.

We got a chance to speak via Skype to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli Corpuz, on the meaning behind this particular theme and why it was chosen.

Lights in the Forest by Yarina.
Used with permission.

In 2018 and 2019, there has been an increase in suicides amongst Indigenous Peoples, specifically in Australia. Why is this happening at such an alarming rate? What is the cause of these deaths, especially among the youth.
Producer : Shaldon Ferris (Khoisan, South Africa)
Interviewee: Pat Dudgeon, Australia
Picture: An Indigenous Australian Man chats on his cellphone, courtesy of Cultural Survival
Music: Lights in the Forest by Yarina, used with permission.

The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is the UN’s central body dedicated to all matters relating to the rights of the approximately 370 million Indigenous Peoples around the World.
In 2019, The 18th session of the Forum in New York will highlight the year that has been declared the International Year of Indigenous Languages.
Cultural Survivals Avexnim Cojti spoke to Richard Grounds from the Yuchi Nation, who tells us how this commemoration came about.

The  18th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is scheduled to run from  22 of April until 3 May 2019.
The theme for this year is Traditional knowledge: Generation, transmission and protection.
This program is about the the importance of Indigenous languages in the digital era.

Producer:  Shaldon Ferris (KhoiSan, South Africa)
Sound Clip: Alili Kiskitalo (Sami), Co-chair of IYIL steering committee.
Music : Whispers, by Ziibiwan, used with permission.

Indigenous women represent one of the most vulnerable and marginalized populations in the world. For centuries, Indigenous Women have been subjected to relentless discrimination and different types of violence based on gender, indigeneity, and class. They are deprived from even basic human rights such as access to health services, education and employment. This Indigenous Rights Radio program depicts Indigenous Women and access to quality health services.

Producer : Dev Kumar Sunuwar and Bia'ni Madsa' Juárez López


Ayudar a la mujer que traerá una vida al mundo, escuchar el primer llanto del bebé al nacer, limpiarlo, cuidar de él y de su madre, durante los siguientes 40 días, es una labora ancestral que las mujeres Indígenas siguen realizando para el bienestar de las mujeres y sus comunidades.

La medicina tradicional que se origina desde los pueblos Indígenas ha cobrado poco a poco reconocimiento por parte de la medicina occidental, aunque en muy pocos casos se ha trabajado de manera conjunta y coordinada.

La práctica de Médico Tradicional está mayormente en manos de las mujeres Indígenas a través del estudio, los conocimientos y el uso de las plantas medicinales. Este es el caso de una abuela michoacána, quien nos comparte sabias palabras en este material, personificado y elaborado por Mayra Arriaga. 

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