Solemn Declaration By Indigenous Population

In our blog, we have compiled informative articles on Jharkhand’s Indigenous Tribal Community. We invite you to explore our blog to learn some new facts about the lesser known Tribal Community(s) of Jharkhand. In case you like our efforts, then do share your thoughts with us. A little appreciation and encouragement can go a long way to motivate us.

So go ahead, commence your exploration by reading the Solemn Declaration adopted at the founding Conference of the Indigenous and Tribal People of North America and Europe held in Port Aberney of British Columbia in October 1975, that continues to inspire Tribal People world-wide and goes like this,

We, the Indigenous Peoples of the World, united in this corner of our Mother, the Earth, in a great assembly of men of wisdom, declare to all nations:

 

We glory in our proud past,

When the Earth was our nurturing Mother,

When the night sky formed our common roof,

When Sun and Moon were our parents,

When all were brothers and sisters,

When our great civilizations grew under the Sun,

When our chiefs and elders were great leaders,

When justice ruled the Law and its executive.

 

Then other peoples arrived:

Thirsting for blood, for gold, for land, its wealth,

Carrying the cross and the sword, one in each hand,

Without knowing or waiting to learn the ways of our worlds,

They considered us to be lower than the animals,

They stole our land from us and took us from our lands.

 

They made slaves of the sons of the Sun,

However, they have never been able to eliminate us,

Nor to erase our memories of what we were,

Because we are the culture of the earth and the sky,

We are of ancient descent and we are millions,

And although our whole universe be ravaged,

Our people will live on for longer than even the kingdom of Death,

Now we come from the four corners of the Earth,

We protest before the concert of nations.

 

That “we are the Indigenous Peoples, we who a consciousness of culture and people-hood,

On the edge of each country’s borders and marginal to each country’s citizenship,

And rising up after centuries of oppression,

Evoking the greatness of our ancestors,

In the Memory of Our Indigenous Martyrs,

And in homage to the counsel of our wise elders,

We vow to control again our own destiny and recover our complete humanity and pride in our being Indigenous Peoples.”

The above declaration vividly describes the ideas of Tribal and Indigenous Population world-wide. Go ahead and learn something new, by exploring our website.

Thank you for your visit.

4 Comments

  1. happy to see a page like this. I always thought that there are no books on folklore and i am a die hard fan of legends and stories they were my bed time stories told by ma. i would love to read them now.
    do i get them in translated version, i mean in Hindi or English coz am a non speaking Oraon girl.

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  2. Thank you for writing in.

    We too are looking for writers and/or publishers who have done some kind of good work on preservation of (tribal) folklores. We hope to work with them.

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  3. i am pursuing my research on use of tribal weapons in ritual sacrifices, in such case i would like to know about battle axe – BALUA, used by Oraon of Jharkhand state.

    thanks

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