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Indigenous People in Multicultural Societies

This article addresses the following curricular themes in International English: 1. Elaborate on and discuss various aspects of multicultural societies in the English-speaking world, and 2. Reflect on how cultural differences and dissimilar value systems can affect communication.

Aboriginal art
Aboriginal art

Indigenous People

Estimates indicate that there are about 370 million indigenous people around the world. This is just an estimate, since the term "indigenous" is controversial.

Inuitter
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Ponder

  • What do you associate with indigenous people?
  • Can you name any indigenous peoples?
  • Can you mention any cultural characteristics associated with the peoples you have listed?
  • Why do you think the definition of "indigenous" is so controversial?

Find Out

Here is one website describing how the term "indigenous" can be understood Indigenous People Fact Sheet. Look up this and other website definitions. Based on what you read, how does this affect your understanding of the term?

Make an Oral Presentation

  1. Based on the sources you have looked up, choose one indigenous group and find out about their distinctiveness when it comes to:
    • Pre-colonial period
    • Territory/natural resources
    • Socioeconomic conditions
    • Language and culture
    • Minority status
    • Emphasis on ancestry and continuity
  2. Below we have acknowledged a few issues that could be highlighted in relation to the indigenous group you have chosen to focus on. Use the resources listed below or search the web to explore more about your group concerning one of these issues:
a. Identity and self-identificationb. Relationship to majority
Maori Warrior
Maori Warrior
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Majority vs. minority
c. Injusticed. Recognition
Injustice
Injustice
montage of protestors for indegenous rights. photo.
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e. Futuref. Languages
Footprints
Footprints
Aboriginal symbols
Aboriginal Symbols

g. Myths and legends

Woman catching a bubble with a butterfly inside. Photo.
Dreams

Læringsressurser

Current debates in the English-speaking world

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    Multicultural Britain

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    On the Way to the Melting Pot

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    Occupy Wall Street

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    Political Graffiti

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    Malala

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    "A Long Way Gone" Ishmael Beah

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    Bowling for Columbine (film)

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    Crossing Dangerous Borders

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    GITMO - Guantanamo Bay

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    AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa

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    Food-related issues

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    Gender Equality

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    Mediatization and Politics

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    List of recommended films

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    Recommended list of novels

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    David Cameron on Multiculturalism

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    Public Protest, Vocabulary - Drag and Drop

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    They Said "No" - Project

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    Where Do Racism and Prejudice Come From?

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    9/11 - The Neighbor That Disappeared

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    Terrorist by John Updike

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    22 July – Darkness at Noon

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    Blood Diamond (film)

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    Aids in Sub-Saharan Africa

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    Food - Tasks

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    The Glass Ceiling - Tasks

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