Indigenous Knowledge

Voices of Indigenous Woman: Ms. Wanitchaya Kantayoung

Indigenous Women are the key practitioners, innovators, and holders of Indigenous Knowledge relating to their traditional livelihoods. They play a crucial role in preserving indigenous seeds, maintaining food security, and ensuring the well-being of community members. Indigenous Women are also the protagonists in ensuring the inter-generational transfer of knowledge and cultural values associated with seeds …

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The Classroom of Life [English]

In the Indigenous Karen village of Huay Ee Khang, in the mountainous north of Thailand, all life starts in the forest: When a baby is born, its umbilical cord is placed in a bamboo container and hung on a healthy fruit tree.

The Classroom of Life [Thai]

ในหมู่บ้านชนเผ่าพื้นเมืองชาวปกาเกอะญอบ้านห้วยอีค่าง ซึ่งตั้งอยู่บนภูเขาทางตอนเหนือของประเทศไทย ทุกชีวิตเริ่มต้นในป่า เมื่อทารกคลอดออกมา สายสะดือของพวกเขาจะถูกใส่ไว้ในกระบอกไม้ไผ่และผูกไว้บนต้นไม้ผลที่มีความแข็งแรง

The Classroom Of Life [Karen]

Noraeri is the first woman to head the village and the only female leader in the whole district of Mae Wang, located in the province of Chiang Mai. She belongs to the Karen Indigenous Peoples, which include a great variety of ethnic groups spread across Myanmar and Thailand.

Knowledge is Wealth Not Money

The Law-wer [Lua] community living in the Mae La Noi District of the Maehongsong Province does not measure wealth with money but cotton cultivation and the abundance it provides to the community through the production of cotton fabric woven and dyed with natural pigments.

The community elders hold crucial knowledge of medicinal herbs still used today. For example, in postpartum healing.

Akha Indigenous Women of Pak-Kia village in northern Thailand play crucial role in the preservation of indigenous seeds, transfer of Indigenous Knowledge, and the maintenance of food security and well-being of community members.

“Land Tenure Security is the Foundation for Resilient and Sustainable Food Systems”-A Webinar on Indigenous Women as Global Game Changers

It has been widely acknowledged that the world’s dominant food systems are unsustainable: as key drivers of climate change, they generate adverse environmental, socio-economic, and health impacts on the entire planet. Not only are they responsible for massive greenhouse gas emission and biodiversity loss worldwide, but they also contribute to economic exploitation, increased inequalities, conflict, …

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CELEBRATING AND AMPLIFYING HER STORIES: INDIGENOUS WOMEN, ANCESTRAL WISDOM

Millions of Indigenous Peoples in Asia live in remote areas in the mountains, hills, plains, river basins, forests, and coastal areas. The homes of Indigenous Peoples overlap with the most biodiversity-rich areas of the Planet. There is enormous bio-cultural diversity among Indigenous Peoples in Asia. The common to all include a strong cultural and spiritual …

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Let’s Go Back Home: Revisiting Indigenous Knowledge

“Ker Say Choo Ler-a Khoh May, Pgakenyaw Choo Leu-Ah Pho Ahlee” “A horse draws its strength from its hooves. But humans draw their strength from their children.” Proverb of Karen Indigenous Peoples “Many young people have to leave their community to study or to work in the city. As a result, they become alienated from …

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Traditional Amchi Practices among Indigenous Communities in Nepal

The Amchis have been contributing significantly to public healthcare in the remote  mountains of Nepal. Amchi tradition has been the most reliable means of ensuring good health of  indigenous communities for generations. In many parts of Nepal, Amchis are the sole healthcare  providers. However, due to rising influence of the western medicines and migration of …

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