Cultural Survival Quarterly Magazine


The Yekuana of Southern Venezuela

Political and Economic Self-Determination

The Minority Rights Group

In delivering the 12th Annual Minority Rights Group Lecture on "1984 and Human Rights" on February 23, 1984, the former Director of Human Rights for the United Nations, Dr. Theo Van Boven noted:

The Indigenous Peoples' Network

In the past ten years communication between native peoples has exploded. The increasingly unstable world economy and rapid information dissemination systems have contributed to a common understanding of the economic, political and social forces affecting native peoples on six continents.

The Failure to Protect Tribal Peoples

The Polonoroeste Case in Brazil

Model Villages in the Ixil Region

Phase Two of Counterinsurgency in Guatemala has begun

The Anthropology Resource Center

The Anthropology Resource Center (ARC, Inc.) is a small, non-profit, public-interest research organization dedicated to making anthropological ideas and knowledge" relevant to some of the pressing social problems of the modern world. Founded by Dr. Shelton H. Davis in 1975, much of ARC's work focuses on promoting the human rights of indigenous peoples in the Western Hemisphere.

Organizing to Survive

Throughout the world, indigenous peoples have begun to form organizations and to establish links with other national and international organizations to assert their rights. Thousands of organizations representing single villages, regions or even indigenous peoples of the entire world are asserting the rights of indigenous peoples.

Misurasata Goes Home

Miskito leader Brooklyn Rivera was invited to return to Nicaragua to negotiate the return of some 20,000 Nicaraguan Indians now living in exile.

Martial Law and the Tausug

Moslem ethnic groups in the southern Philippines have been pushing for regional political autonomy since World War II. This struggle, which at times has included open warfare, has caused considerable displacement.

International Strategies For the Protection of the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The past decade has witnessed a great expansion in the activities of organizations dedicated to promoting the international protection of the human rights of indigenous populations.

Indigenous Peoples - The Anti-Slavery Approach

Nearly 150 years ago, in 1837, a group of liberal-minded Quakers rounded the Aborigines Protection Society. In 1909, it merged with the Anti-Slavery Society. The Anti-Slavery Society can claim, therefore, that it is the oldest organization in the world concerned about indigenous peoples and championing their cause.

Indigenists, Environmentalists and the Multilateral Development Banks

The Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), with their massive development projects, affect the lives of indigenous peoples and the environment every day. But it has been hard to find ways for indigenous peoples, indigenists, and those concerned with the environment to affect their decisions.

Guatemalan Refugee Update

In August 1984 Cultural Survival, Americas Watch and Germany's Green Party sent delegations to Mexico to assess the situation of the Guatemalan refugees in Chiapas.

Famine in Ethiopia

There is, once again, famine in Ethiopia. The world has responded, albeit belatedly, with food and the financial commitment to ensure that supplies reach the intended recipients. The media has billed the response to the famine as the largest humanitarian outpouring to a natural disaster in memory.

Cultural Survival Projects – 1984

Since 1972, 60% of Cultural Survival's limited funds have gone to support field projects. This year, as in past years, some projects have ended, others are ongoing and some new ones have been undertaken. The following update provides a brief overview of the projects Cultural Survival currently supports. How Are Projects Selected?

Conservation and Indigenous Peoples

A Study of Convergent Interests

Colombian Indian Organizations

Along process of extermination and reduction of rich and advanced Indian cultures began almost 500 years ago. The Aztec, Maya, Tayrona, Inca and Muisca, among others, had large cities and a wide variety of crops; they Were accomplished artisans, musicians and singers, philosophers and mathematicians, recognized astronomers and scientists.

Ancestral Land and Cultural Survival

Ethnic minorities in the Philippines are pursuing a number of strategies to defend and retain their ancestral lands.

Amazonian Indians Participate at UN

Indians from five Amazonian countries presented their cases at UN meetings in July/August.

A Search for Unity Within Diversity

A number of organizations claim to represent the indigenous populations of the Andean Region. As they vie for economic and political support many of these groups are manipulated by individuals, political parties, unions, churches and assistance agencies.