Blog Page Navigation

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Hundreds of Flags were Flown in India

Reviewing Our Greatest Showing

A day of indigenous unity, cultural and environmental appreciation resulting in positive international social impact is celebrated on August 9th each year.

Day and night there was very little sleep if any at all in the state of Gujarat, India, since the first day of August. The built-up excitement and preparations all year round for the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples on August 9th was on everyone's mind.

Indigenous peoples dance in India which seems to spread the message of unity and togetherness.
In Vyara photo by Mayanak Chaudhari
The 6th largest state with the 9th largest population out of 29 states in India is Gujarat, with a population estimated 63.8 million people (according to World Population Review for 2018), Indigenous Unity is propelling forwards with 80% of the population in the state.

Gujarat celebrating with the International Indigenous Unity Flag representing indigenous unity internationally and being used on the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, at events and festivals around the world is very significant to our effort with the flag. Everyone seems to be very excited and happy when carrying the Indigenous Unity Flag and have embraced the flag and its purpose of harmony, peace and balance for a more compassionate future, focused on the enhancements of indigenous rights, lands, water, climate and cultural protection.

Next year there are plans to spread the Indigenous Unity Flag to other states in India to create more purpose! The Indigenous Unity movement is important internationally to protect everything indigenous and has successfully demonstrated global peace and harmony while at the same time advocating for indigenous issues and educating indigenous and non indigenous youth about the atrocities which each country in the world are guilty of in their own abusive ways, even to this very day. There is much work in many areas of thought and frame of reference (point of view through experience) from citizens, governments and global movements required in order to reconcile societies (understand and accept the truths that oppress indigenous cultures) and most importantly protect and enhance the rights, lands and culture of the indigenous peoples on Earth.

In India, the official International Indigenous Unity Flags are painted, not printed. They are painted by the indigenous peoples, for the indigenous peoples.

Over 100,000 people marched In Vyara, Gujarat, India on August 9th

Kids were overwhelmed with joy, smiles, love, laughter and on this day which is all about having fun! From an early age, Adivasi children are taught about their culture, traditions, dances, festivals and most of all the importance of Indigenous Unity and the international indigenous struggles and relationships that must be spread to other indigenous peoples around the world.

The new generation of youth are learning about their culture, roots, lands, water protection and the rights of the indigenous peoples and to create and spread indigenous unity and harmony. In Vyara photo by Mayanak Chaudhari

Amongst all the food, cheering, marching and festival celebrations there was 'Rodali'; Performances of storytelling, dances, songs, and skits. There is no actual detail for how long Rodali has been part of the Adivasi culture. Families enjoyed this year's focus of Rodali about how this generation is forgetting their own culture and how the peoples around the world are destroying Mother Earth.

In Vyara, Gujarat, India, alone, more than 100,000 people marched with the flag during their indigenous day festival. All most every village in South Gujarat celebrated on August 9th.

Take a good look at the young man on the horse. He has a bow and arrow and is wearing an Adivasi outfit that represents the Adivasi's - The Aborigines of India. 

It is important that tradition, storytelling, dances, and culture are embraced by our future generations and for the Governments around the world to recognize International Indigenous Laws, Rights, and Freedoms.

Traditional Adivasi's

Dressed in traditional Adivasi clothes.
Photo taken by Mayank Chaudhari in Vyara, Gujarat, India.

A Primitive group is a group of Adivasi peoples in Gujarat, India connected to other leaders in India and around the world that brought new ideas of indigenous harmony, peace, truth, compassion understanding and unity.

The International Indigenous Unity Flag is one of those ideas in the world chosen by the first peoples of India (Adivasi - Indigenous Peoples of India) who fully support the flag with other indigenous peoples around the globe, it's idealistic view of the International Indigenous Unity Movement and continuous growth. With great interest and proper communication indigenous groups embrace days like the International Day of the World's indigenous peoples waving their symbol of International Indigenous Unity.

Primitive Group Member Satish Chaudhari with the Indigenous Unit Flag.
Photo by: Anurag Chaudhari 
Photo of the certificate that was awarded by the leaders and organizers to participants.
Follow the blog here or follow us on Facebook along with the Adivasi when we revisit them next year to follow up on their story! Next month we are preparing a new article where our flag was presented before the African Congress. 

Monday, January 08, 2018

Contemporary Adivasi adopt the International Indigenous Unity Flag

Indigenous Unity Flag in India

Adivasi - 'adi' means from the beginning (earliest time). 'vasi' signifies original inhabitant. 

What is the main focus of Adivasi people today?

Now a days Adivasi peoples, who are one of the oldest indigenous unity tribes on planet Earth, are focused on education, land reform, the Declaration on the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples, and most of all indigenous unity. Since we are from different places throughout South Asia we stay in contact with each others communities and enjoy moments to connect and arrange world indigenous day festivals to express harmony in our indigenous heritage and culture. Indigenous Unity being the main focus and energy which guides, motivates and drives our spirit in harmony to protect all life on Earth and unite with our brothers and sisters around the world.

Not too long ago, Adivasi groups were unaware of the situations of their communities in different regions. Social media, gatherings at universities and facilities and communication allow us to learn about each other and stay in touch and become better educated. Most Adivasi people are unaware of their indigenous rights and Indigenous Unity is what allows us to mobilize frequent gatherings and teachings as we learn and grow!

Artistic rendition of the Indigenous Unity Flag design, created by Lata Chaudhari of Gujarat, India.

How did you hear about the Indigenous Unity Flag?

On the internet. One day a group of us were searching on the internet about indigenous communities around the world to educate ourselves about indigenous plights. We wanted to learn about indigenous rights of other countries and how they are implemented and demonstrated in other societies and cultures. As we Googled "Indigenous Unity" and clicked images we came across the Indigenous Unity Flag and were amazed and happy to see it's existence demonstrated around the world at a wide range of indigenous marches and events all of which were positive and peaceful in nature. The use of the flag to support and unite indigenous communities about important indigenous issues such as spreading awareness on environmental protection, indigenous treaty rights acknowledgement and honorship, land reform, missing and murdered indigenous women, domestic violence and drug abuse within indigenous communities is a global pandemic. The Indigenous Unity Flag is a mesmerizing and spectacular designed flag that speaks to us in a united loving, healing and harmonistic way and we are proud to adopt the flag and stand in solidarity with other indigenous communities around the world. A wonderful gift to the indigenous peoples of the world, is what came to all of our minds! 

Adivasi's all believe that Indigenous Unity is very important, especially goodwill to show a connection with our global indigenous community, to promote and protect the indigenous rights of the indigenous peoples around the world and to recognize achievements and contributions meant to improve global indigenous issues and problems such as environmental protection and indigenous rights recognition while focused on the Declaration on the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples. August 9th, each year we have a joyful march and festival during the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples and this is how we show solidarity and Indigenous Unity globally.

As indigenous peoples we have to take care and educate our villages, towns, states, country and world. Indigenous peoples understand that they are the original and appropriate protectors of Mother Earth.

Newspaper clipping.

About the Adivasi

What can you tell us about the Adivasi's - The Aborigines of India Facebook page?

We share our cultural heritage and indigenous issues from around the world maintaining a vision and purpose of indigenous unity and self-preservation, the first law of nature. Our personal interests for the Adivasi's - The Aborigines of India Facebook page are:

- Indigenous Unity
- Preserving and Promoting Indigenous Culture
- Create awareness about Indigenous festivals and traditions
- Promote Indigenous culture to younger generations

Monday, December 18, 2017

Adivasi: Aborigines of India and the Indigenous Unity Flag

Adivasi's adopt the Indigenous Unity Flag

India, the 2nd most populated country in the world with an estimated 1.345 billion people (as of Dec, 2017), also has the 2nd highest indigenous population with an estimated 115 million people which many now call themselves Adivasi. A beautiful country consisting of 29 states and 7 union territories, indigenous people live throughout the landscape from the tip of India starting at the Indian Ocean to the Himalayas, Thar Desert and lush forests and jungles all creating a diverse environment and home to the Tiger. Unity is diversity, being the main slogan of the country.

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples march and festival in Vyara, Tapi District, Gujarat, India.
August 9, 2017. Photo by Unknown Photographer shared on Facebook

Starting in the 1930s, many indigenous peoples in India use the term Adivasi, which derives from the Hindi language and may differ from state to state and areas throughout India and today is recognized as a legal constitutional term. There are some tribes that may not use this term who might be considered or recognized as indigenous peoples. In colonial times, Northeast India, only the Tea tribes were known as Adivasi but the same cannot be said for today because of the rapid social change of a modernized world, migration of peoples and what it means to be indigenous today and how different parts of the world view and measure indigeneity and blood quantum. A importance to preserve and protect our history and present future remains a global struggle for all indigenous peoples.

As we break down the word Adivasi, 'adi' means from the beginning (earliest time). The word 'vasi' simply means original inhabitant.

According to Wikipedia:"prominent Adivasi societies can be found in the Indian states of Andra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat - where the Indigenous Unity Flag is famous, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, West Bangal, some northern states, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands
as well as the country of Nepal.

Indian Indigenous Unity Flag artfully re-created by artist Arpana Chaudhari

A beautiful Adivasi girl named Arpana Chaudhari, in the town of Vyara in Tapi District, India,
proudly holds up her artful re-creation of the Indigenous Unity Flag, signifying the start
of a global trend to bring forth indigenous unity for all indigenous peoples around the world to
appreciate and embrace. Photo by Lata Chaudhari

Indigenous Unity demonstrated and displayed in Gujarat, India

While people around the world march, sing, dance and celebrate their cultural heritage during the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, the International Indigenous Unity Flag is proudly raised making its first crowd appearance in India, marking and signaling a significant stride to create International Indigenous Unity and solidarity to promote and protect the rights of indigenous peoples around the world and to recognize achievements and contributions meant to improve global issues and problems such as environmental protection and indigenous rights recognition while focused on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

[The International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples is observed on August 9 each year to promote and protect the rights of the world's indigenous population. This event also recognizes the achievements and contributions that indigenous people make to improve world issues such as environmental protection.] (Source Wikipedia)

A constructed and engineered oppression towards indigenous peoples in many countries around the world seem to have a similar pattern and agenda. The European colonial period created sociocultural evolution bringing forth new ethnicity that formed cultural hybridity. The Adivasis, just like many indigenous peoples of the world, are autochthonous to their region rather than descendants from colonialism, giving them a strong indigeneity; quality of being indigenous. They have been oppressed and demand land reform, self determination and for the Government of India to honor the Declaration on the rights of the indigenous peoples.

Indigenous Unity demonstrated and displayed in Gujarat, India on Aug 9, 2017.
Photo by Unknown Photographer shared on Facebook