International Day of the World's Indigenous People

This day is celebrated on August 9

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of the World's Indigenous People 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.

North America and Polar Regions

Chief Wilma Mankiller

By: Susannah Abbey
Chief Wilma Mankiller was the first woman to serve as Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.


By: Lydia Ratna
Sacajawea guided Lewis and Clark across the northwestern territories.

Chief Oren Lyons

By: Aibanrihun Lyngdoh
Chief Oren Lyons is an internationally venerated advocate for preserving biodiversity.

Maria Tallchief

By: Rebecca Miller
Maria Tallchief was a Native American ballerina known worldwide for her outstanding performances.

Corbin Harney

Corbin Harney has spread a message of peace throughout the world.

Chief Joseph

By: Jennifer Beck
"The Earth is the mother of all people and all people should have equal rights upon it."

Handsome Lake

By: AMERICAN NATIONAL BIOGRAPHY <br> edited by John Garraty,<br> copyright 1999 ...
"When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice." --old Native American saying


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Sequoyah invented the Cherokee alphabet, which enabled Cherokees to record their history.

Chief Standing Bear

By: T.D. from Eden Prairie
Chief Standing Bear argued successfully for Native Americans to have the right of habeas corpus.

Christine Quintasket

By: Catherine from Trumbull
Christine Quintasket was the first published Native American woman author.

Billy Mills

By: Dona from Spokane, Washington
Billy Mills is an Olympic gold medal runner who encourages Native American youth to believe in the power of their dreams.

Kaa-Iya del Gran Chaco National Park

By: Claudia Herrera Hudson
Kaa-Iya del Gran Chaco National Park is the only park in the Americas established and run by indigenous peoples.

Ranald MacDonald

By: Kelley from Spokane
Ranald MacDonald was a Native American/Scot wayfarer who helped open up Japan to the West.

Sarah Winnemucca

By: Isabelle from Wallingford
Sarah Winnemucca was an advocate for Paiute rights and the first Native American woman to publish a book.

Native American Spirituality

By: Jennifer Beck
Native American Spirituality comes in myriad forms.

Howard Luke

By: Sarah from Fairbanks

Ralph Walter Perdue

By: Clara from Fairbanks
Ralph Walter Perdue helped found the Fairbanks Native Association, advocating for local natives.

Pitaseolak Ashonna

By: Annie from Kenora
Inspirational Aboriginal Inuit Artist

Chief Attungowruk

By: Michelle from Fairbanks, Alaska

Gwich'in Elders

Becky Matkov

By: Madeline from Miami
Becky Matkov works to preserve Miami's indigenous history.

Oren Lyons

By: Robert Shetterly

Black Hawk, Indian Warrior

By: Kay Smith, Artist Laureate of Illinois

Chief Joseph Hinmton Yalektit by Robert Shetterly

By: Robert Shetterly

Medicine Prayer

By: Rex A. Begaye

Art Miles Mural Project

By: Art Miles Indigenous Muralists


By: Lorenzo Cassa

Universal Enlightenment

By: Rex A. Begaye

Lozen (c. 1840 - 1890)

By: Lorenzo Cassa

The Arctic Garden

Producer: Will Parinello/Tom Dusenberry
Caroline Cannon, an Inupiat indigenous leader, takes aim at offshore oil drilling that threatens her people and the biodiversity in the Arctic Sea.
Yellow Woman - A Hero Report Excerpt
Producer: Betty Bailey & Camille Manybeads Tso
Camille Manybeads Tso tells an inspiring true story of Native American Heritage.

Stories of TRUST - Arizona

Producer: Christi Cooper-Kuhn, Katie Lose-Gilbertson, Kelly Matheson
Young Navajo artist Jaime Lynn Butler campaigns to save the environment of her beloved American Southwest.

Stories of TRUST - Alaska

Producer: Christi Cooper-Kuhn, Katie Lose-Gilbertson, Kelly Matheson
Nelson Kanuk of Alaska is taking a case to court on behalf of the Alaskan environment.

Deep Bonds: People of The Mattaponi

Produced by:Jason Harwell, Jesse Bogue, Ben Franz
The people of the Mattaponi are connected to their river in more ways than one.


Yakutia is the largest region in Russia. It is in Eastern Siberia. Its inhabitants live in extreme conditions. But they live their lives. They go to work, to school or play in the street. The main ethnic group in Yakutia are the Yakuts. They speak the Yakut language, besides the Russian.

Mexico, Central and South America

Dolores Olmedo Patino

By: Claudia Herrera Hudson
Dolores Olmedo Patino was a Mexican businesswoman, philanthropist, and art collector.

Frida Kahlo

By: Jennifer Beck
Frida Kahlo became a famous Mexican artist despite polio and injuries.

Rigoberta Menchu Tum

By: Lydia Ratna
Rigoberta Menchú Tum, winner of the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize, became involved with various groups in their struggle for the indigenous people out of personal conviction and sense of justice.
Oswaldo Guayasamin
By: Jacqueline from Cedar Grove
Oswaldo Guayasamin was an Ecuadorian artist whose work reflected his commitment to democracy.

Luis Soriano Bohorquez

By: Ryan from San Diego
Luis Soriano Bohorquez started the Biblioburro Library in the mountains of Colombia.

Ana Dodson

Ana Dodson formed Peruvian Hearts to provide Peruvian orphans an education.

Chico Mendes

By: Jeff Trussell
Chico Mendes gave the ultimate sacrifice in defending rainforests.

Pablo Benito Juarez Garcia

By: Bethany from Spokane

Shirley Murillo

Bill LeVasseur - Preserving Mexico's folk art masks

By: Sara Miller Llana <br> Staff writer <br> <h5>Permission to use this material...
Bill LeVasseur has collected hundreds of Mexican masks from remote villages that now hang on the walls of his museum in San Miguel de Allende.

Fantastic Four

By: Ervin from San Antonio, Belize
The Fantastic Four by Ervin Mai

Zapatista Women

By: Denise Beaudet
Producer: Esteban Pinilla
A film about the indigenous culture and environment of the Amazon. 2008

Beyond Green: Sxabues Umbilical Cord

Producer: Jesus Roberto Secue, Eckwe Secue Trochez
Edilfredo has reconnected with the Earth and works to enrich the land.

New Zealand

Dr Pimia Wehi

By: George from Rotorua
" He taonga mo Te Waka Huia"

Te Atairangikaahu

By: Charlie from Rotorua, New Zealand

Huria (Julia) Matenga

By: Terina from Rotorua
Huria Matenga

Maggie Papakura

By: Miriarangi from Rotorua
Te wahine matatau

Sophia Hinerangi

By: Rose from Christchurch, New Zealand

Peata Melbourne

By: Hinerangi from Rotorua


Australian Aborigines Protecting Wetlands

Australian Aborigines Protecting Wetlands by working to conserve the environment around them.

Mum Shirl

By: Sofia & Stefania from Melbourne
Mum Shirl established the Aboriginal Legal Service.

Cathy Freeman

By: Claudia Herrera Hudson <BR>
Cathy Freeman wins races and respect for the plight of native Australian people.

Major Moogy Sumner

By: Amanda Molinaro from Irvine
Major Moogy Sumner is an aboriginal Ngarrindjeri elder who understands the importance of preserving and passing on his culture.
Moogy's Yuki [Moogy's Bark Canoe] (Trailer)
Producer: Carl Kuddell Directed by Jennifer Lyons-Reid
Major Moogy, an Aboriginal Elder shares wisdom of his people and their deep connection to the earth.
See, Listen, Speak: Ngarrindjeri's being heard
Producer: Carl Kuddell
This AWARD WINNING documentary presents the real impact the water crisis is having on the Coorong and its people.

Feather Flowers

Producer: Meg and Lacey
A young woman talks to her hero, her grandmother, who tells her stories of her early life in Australia.

Pacific Islands

Eddie Aikau
By: Jon from Pukalani, Hawaii
Eddie Aikau loved the sea and often risked his life to save others

Duke Kahanamoku

By: Kainoa from Pukalani, Hawaii

Queen Emma

By: Jessica from Pukalani
Queen Emma left a legacy of hospitals and schools for the people of Hawaii.


By: Brittney from San Diego
Liliuokalani was a Hawaiian queen who cared for her people first.

Organizer created on 7/26/2012 8:49:07 AM by Becky Miller

Last edited 12/26/2018 12:18:32 PM by Anthony Pouw