Times have never been tougher for indigenous people living in traditional ways. Yet 2013 saw them winning land rights, fighting misrepresentation in the media, and winning solidarity from unexpected allies.
This piece was originally featured on Survival International’s website.
From the suspension of mining concessions in Colombia to the Dongria Kondh’s unanimous rejection of a bauxite mine in India, to Vanity Fair‘s coverage of the Earth’s most threatened tribe, there were reasons for tribal peoples to celebrate in 2013.
“This selection of a few successes for tribal peoples in 2013 is typical of so much of our work,” said Survival International’s director Stephen Corry in a recent press release. “It is slow, unglamorous, and often invisible work. But more than 40 years of working with tribal peoples have proven it is the most meaningful and effective means for long-term change.”
Here are fourteen photos that put Survival International’s work from 2013 in focus.
1. January: A (Short-Lived) end to “human safaris” in India’s Andaman Islands
Survival International’s campaign to stop “human safaris” in India’s Andaman Islands gained an important victory, after the country’s Supreme Court banned tourists from traveling along the road which cuts through the Jarawa reserve. By March 2013, however, the Supreme Court had reversed this interim order; Survival has continued to campaign for the road to be closed.
2. February: A suspension of mining concessions in Colombia
A Colombian judge suspended mining concessions in an “unprecedented move” to protect Embera-Katío Indians’ land in northwest Colombia.