Among all the groups of the world, there is a certain group that holds dearly to their traditions, their past, belongings and land. I am talking about indigenous people. According to a fact sheet by the United Nations Permanent Forum, there are more than 370 million indigenous peoples spread across 70 countries worldwide. (Source: http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/ ). Despite living within dominant societies, these indigenous groups manage to preserve their cultures and live their traditions as they have been doing for centuries.
There are several indigenous groups living all over the world but one which I want to emphasize is the Lakota Indians living in the United States. The main goals of these Indians are to preserve the values they have been taught by their parents and ancestors and not lose their morals and beliefs. They preserve their way of life through the way they have been doing it for centuries. They are governed by their own laws so they have a completely different system than we do.
Although they live within boundaries, they are extremely fond of their land and care for it as it is their source of living. Some Lakota Indians live in South and North Dakota and they are traced all the way back to the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Living northward and separated from much of the United States, the Lakota Indians prefer to govern themselves through their own set of laws and politics. I believe this makes them even more proud to be Lakota Indians because although they follow most of their customs, they have come so far with their own type of advances.
Language is something that they also hold dear. The Lakota have their own dialect so they use that as their form of communication. I believe that having their own language shows how close they are as a tribal group and how they have been able to preserve this language is simply amazing. There are many Native American tribes that have also held onto their language to this day. It is astonishing how these indigenous groups can keep a language system despite their distance from society as we know it.
Many people don’t make sense of the indigenous tribes living so close to them. Society needs to pay respect to this undermined group and not forget of their existence. They care for themselves and their land and do not cause any type of hassle on society. Just like everyone else enjoys of their rights, indigenous people have the right to enjoy life as they please.