Blog Page Navigation

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

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Indigenous Unity Flag is now Truly International

Indigenous Swedes adopt the Unity Symbol

We have been sending the Indigenous Unity Flag around the world since we began in December of 2012 to selected indigenous tribes and indigenous rights advocates. In 2016, we sent over one hundred hand held flags to the marches and demonstrators who stood firm at Standing Rock. This year is the fifth anniversary of the flag and we have had reports and sightings of our symbol and flag in numerous countries where we have never sent one before.

The photo shown below is one that we received in August and has caused a bit of a news event for us. We decided that a blog was necessary to showcase indigenous activists and activism around the world who support the ideals of International Indigenous Unity. The blog is a good way to extend our message and make the next five years as productive as the years it took to make our flag a reality on a international scale.

Pierre Åhren, Sara H Lahtinen and America Guerrero A Piren standing for Indigenous Unity on
Riksbron bridge in Stockholm, Sweden. Photo by Ada Sálomon

Do you know these people are Indigenous Tribal Peoples?

The Sami (Sápmi) people live in the northernmost part of Scandinavia where the sun does not set in the summer and never rises in the winter. As is common with indigenous people around the world the Sami are denied many of their basic human and civil rights in the name of progress, capitalism and commerce; but in this case their rights are being dishonored by a country with one of the best human rights records in the world. Their lands are subject today to mining and resource extraction that is ruining their way of life.

Every Thursday Pierre Åhren comes to the Riksbron bridge in Stockholm to protest using the symbol that represents solidarity, sovereignty and unity with all indigenous peoples around the world. They adopted the symbol in 2013 and Pierre Åhren has carried the symbol on a sign he fashioned on the top of his unity walking staff ever since.

The pursuit for shaping a modern world, constant economic growth and an intense focused capitalist colonial developed society has affected the indigenous peoples around the world, their way of life and cultural sustainability. Deforestation, resource extraction and ocean acidification which are all anthropogenic in origin due to human behavior and activity pose a great risk for life on Earth. Right now the indigenous people around the world are uniting to create social change.

History has unfolded differently on all continents throughout many millenniums. One thing is certain, we are all indigenous to Earth and a push to create clean energy, new innovations while protecting indigenous peoples, places and things is what matters for shaping the 21st century. We may not be able to stop climate change but we can do our best to recognize socioeconomic destruction, understand the issues that can drive us into extinction and how to arrive at a place working together to slow down the progression of climate change as well as enhance and honor the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We must all remember the importance of the gift of fire (innovation) and how this gift can be our demised if not appropriately maintained.

Pierre Åhren says “We continue in our peaceful demonstration focused to protect land, water and living cultural heritage. This time of year, Riksbron bridge is a place where the winds are comfortable on their way out against the Baltic Sea.”

For as long as Pierre Åhren continues he will receive the moral support and attention he deserves from Globcal International and myself as the author and artist who developed the International Indigenous Unity Flag as an honorary ambassador who bears it with the heart of a nation.