Beads show European trade in African interior used Indigenous routes

Two of 29 glass beads discovered at archaeological sites in Malawi. An analysis showed that all but one were made in Europe. Many of the beads, like the tiny one on the right, were less than 2 millimeters in diameter. Credit: Dan Renzetti Tiny glass beads discovered in mountain caves about 25 miles from the … Read more

Indigenous youth film project turns the lens on nutrition and food security

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain A unique initiative is helping Indigenous people in India exchange knowledge about locally available foods to improve dietary diversity—part of the UN Sustainable Development Goal related to food security and nutrition. The project, coordinated by the University of East Anglia (UEA), is raising the visibility of the Santhal community, enabling the … Read more

NASA Astronaut Nicole Aunapu Mann will be the First Indigenous Woman in Space!

This Fall, the fifth crewed mission (Crew-5) of the NASA Commercial Crew Program will depart for the International Space Station (ISS). This mission will see four astronauts launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon (atop a Falcon 9 rocket). Once they reach the ISS, they will join the crew … Read more

Study links protecting Indigenous peoples’ lands to greater nonhuman primate biodiversity

Nonhuman primates whose territories overlap with Indigenous lands include those from the Neotropics, top row; Afrotropics, middle row; and Indo-Malay, bottom row. Species include, from top left to top right: the critically endangered northern muriqui; the black-capped capuchin, a species of least concern; the Colombian night monkey and the munduruku marmoset, both classified as vulnerable. … Read more

Introduced donkeys and indigenous pumas are helping to resurrect extinction food webs in Death Valley

Mojave Burros, Death Valley. ©Michael Alfuso. Credit: ©Michael Alfuso Around 12,000 years ago, a diversity of horses and their kin (known as equids) roamed North and South America. These animals were hunted by large, mythical-sounding, now-extinct predators, such as saber-toothed cats and dire wolves. In a geologic heartbeat, these animals went extinct, likely due to … Read more

Indigenous communities used the Caribbean Sea as an aquatic highway

Ancient pottery holds clues to the past lives, traditions, and movements of Indigenous people from the Caribbean Islands. Credit: Florida Museum photo by Kristen Grace With some 7,000 islands and cays and a 7,000-year history of human habitation, the Caribbean Sea is practically synonymous with maritime travel. The very word “canoe” is derived from the … Read more

Tadpoles for dinner? Indigenous community in Mexico reveals a favorite recipe for a particular frog

Credit: Edna González-Bernal Stone soup (caldo de piedra) is a traditional meal from the Indigenous Chinantla region in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. Prepared by men, it is made by placing tomato, cilantro, chili peppers, onion, raw fish, salt, and water in a jicara (a bowl made from the fruit of the calabash tree) in … Read more

Indigenous peoples have shucked billions of oysters around the world sustainably

Eroding archaeological site on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Sites like this contain massive quantities of oysters harvested over 1,000 years ago and were key to forming the foundation for this study. The dense accumulation of oysters are all archaeological oysters dated to over a millennia ago, with intact deposits lying underneath the marsh to the right. … Read more

Thousands of satellites are polluting Australian skies, and threatening ancient Indigenous astronomy practices

(Image credit: Shutterstock) This article was originally published at The Conversation. The contributed the article to’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Karlie Noon, Astronomer, Australian National University Since time immemorial, Indigenous peoples worldwide have observed, tracked and memorized all the visible objects in the night sky. This ancient star knowledge was meticulously ingrained with … Read more