August 9, International Day of the Indigenous People.

Indigenous peoples make up more than 5,000 distinct groups in some 90 countries. They are made up of approximately 370 million people, that is, more than 5% of the world's population, and yet they are among the most disadvantaged and vulnerable populations, representing 15 percent of the poorest.

The General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) considers that they are important because they practice unique and valuable cultures and ways of relating to their environment, and retain social, cultural and political traits that are very different from the globalized society .

I admit that I don't know much about the subject and today is a good day to get your act together and see some of the talks and/or events that are taking place all over the world.

And when they talk about the defense of indigenous peoples and their traditions, several questions assail me;

- For a change there are traditions that are fine, but there are many others that are not. For example, cutting off the clitoris of women when they reach prejuvenile age, no matter how traditional it may be, is not right.

- Defending the indigenous lifestyle is not the same as having them in closed areas where they are visited by tourists as if it were a zoo.

- Just because it's tradition doesn't mean it's better. Old is not better. And it is possible that in these traditions there is also exploitation, violence,...

- And it would be necessary to see if those who are being defended are really free to stay where they are or the social group forces them and they would prefer to live in another way.

These questions that assail me and more I think are interesting for the debate with respect and within my ignorance.

And my ignorance and I have an opportunity today to learn more in detail what indigenous peoples are and what is defended when they are defended and they are not given the opportunity to integrate... or if... no I know.

So I also encourage you to inform yourself, see acts and that we share it with the usual respect. With the respect of those who want to know and be a little wiser.


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