International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
According to the UN, indigenous peoples are among the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups in the world. There are an estimated 370 million people who call themselves indigenous worldwide. Although they make up less than 5 percent of the world's population, they are among the 15 percent of the poorest.
Their cultural diversity is great. Together, indigenous peoples speak an overwhelming majority of the world's estimated 7,000 languages and represent 5,000 different cultures. This linguistic treasure is threatened as many languages are no longer spoken and thus disappear.
In 1995, the United Nations declared the 9th August the Day of Indigenous Peoples. This year Unesco is dedicating the Year to the Indigenous Languages. The goal is to preserve, revive and promote indigenous languages. Today is all about this.
We at Mama Tierra promote the cultural diversity of the Wayuu and also learn their language. Learn an indigenous language and contribute to the cultural heritage of our world.
In this video, you can hear Cristina speaking in Wayuunaiki. Wayuunaiki belongs to the Awarak language family, which originated in the Amazon basin.
Below is the translation of our mission in Wayuunaiki, the language of the Wayuu people.