The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples was first celebrated on August 9, 1995 after a declaration by the United Nations affirmed the organization’s commitment to global “first cultures.”
This year, in honor of the day, we highlight five places where you can learn more about indigenous cultures.
1. New Zealand: The Maori
Maori culture is immediately visible in New Zealand, as many places are named in the indigenous language. Maori language, like the culture itself, is experiencing a revival in New Zealand, as native people embrace their history and traditions and ensure that the younger generations learn about their background.
The Maori, who originated in Polynesia, have a culture that’s rich in stories and artistic expression, much of which is accessible to travelers. For visitors who are interested in a closer, first-hand look at Maori culture, numerous tour operators arrange visits to see powhiri, Maori welcome ceremonies, and kapa haka, performances of traditional Maori songs and dances.
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