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Nomads of Dolpo

It is one of the last nomadic trading caravans in the world.  For more than a thousand years, the Dolpo-pa people of Nepal have depended for their survival on a biannual journey across the Himalayas. Once the summer harvest is over, the people of Dolpo sew flags and red pommels into the ears of their yaks,…

10 Hidden Gems From a Year in Exploration

With National Geographic explorers sharing more than 350 stories from the field this year, chances are you missed a few. Here are some lost treasures we hope you’ll enjoy.

A Talk Over Tea: Preserving India’s Indigenous Languages

Tea is a ubiquitous part of modern life, but what do we know about the people who make it all possible? Meet the Adivasi people of Assam, India, tea laborers struggling to preserve their culture.

Inside the Amazonian Basin: Learning, Led Zeppelin, and Life in the Jungle

Jon Waterhouse runs into unexpected encounters with people, animals, and insects in the Peruvian jungle during his journey to connect indigenous people from cultures around the world.

Road Trip Along the Network of Indigenous Knowledge

Jon Waterhouse heads to Peru to connect indigenous people from cultures around the world, but first, he and his team must make a harrowing journey into the jungle.

Indigenous Groups Rally to Rescue North America’s Freshwater

As the U.N. marks the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, discover one way indigenous people are working on major issues like conservation around the world.

Indigenous Cultures Team Up to Apply Ancient Wisdom to Today’s World

The “ancient world” isn’t gone. It’s a vital part of our world today, and it could hold answers to some of our most pressing challenges.

Tribes Living in Historic ‘Cultural Crossroads’ of Ethiopia’s Omo Valley Endangered by Dam and Land Grabs.

It rises in Ethiopia’s Shewa Highlands, and flows for 760 kms through terraced hillsides, volcanic outcrops and fertile grasslands as far as the world’s greatest desert lake, Lake Turkana, in Kenya. The lower valley of the Omo River is believed by some historians to have been a cultural crossroads for thousands of years, where a…

Ancient Traditions and Modern Tech at Work in Russian Mission, Alaska

Side-splitting laughter with the Elders and enthusiastic sessions with the school kids make the team’s trip to Russian Mission, Alaska unforgettable.

The moving story of an uncontacted Amazonian Indian on the run in the rainforest

  His name means “Hawk” in his language. Yet even with the acuity of vision the moniker suggests, Karapiru could not have foreseen thetragedy that befell his people, the Awá tribe of northeastern Brazil. He could never have imagined the day that he would flee for his life far into the rainforest, a shotgun pellet burning…

Healing Journey 2013: Tribes and Schools Cleaning Up Alaska

On each “Healing Journey” Expedition, Jon Waterhouse uses travel along rivers, recording traditional knowledge from local people, and detailed scientific readings of water conditions and quality using cutting-edge technology. In March and April Jon and team are traveling from St. Mary’s, Alaska along the Yukon River by aircraft and snowmachine. Meanwhile his long-time collaborator John…

Reaching the Last Speakers of Japan’s Ancient Languages

Japan is home to a dozen ancient languages at risk of disappearing forever. A new translation of K. David Harrison’s “The Last Speakers” could help tip the scales in their favor.

Photography and Nature: Camille Seaman at TED 2013

Camille Seaman interrupts the stream of high-tech wizardry of the conference with a rich vision of nature, born from her Shinnecock heritage.

Ethiopian Dam Threatens to Destroy Indigenous Livelihoods and the World’s Largest Desert Lake

Over the last century, the construction of big dams to generate power, supply water and control floods has unleashed a damaging cascade of social and environmental consequences – including the destruction of fisheries, subsistence farmlands, homes and communities. More than 470 million people around the world are estimated to be suffering from these and other…

Ancient Knowledge, Modern Journey in Wild Canada

A new video reveals the stark and beautiful landscape of Canada’s Thelon River Game Sanctuary, and traces the interwoven stories of the land, its animals, and the First Nations people who have been there for millennia.