Canoe arrival ceremony that kicked off the Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture in June. Photo credit: Dan Lin, Nia Tero

July 11, 2024

Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture Celebrates Unity and Diversity of Cultures

Nancy Kelsey

Coming from throughout the Pacific Islands, thousands gathered in June for the 2024 Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture held in Hawai’i.


Left to Right: Tabea Casique (Ashéninka, Peru), Beto Marubo (Marubo, Brazil), Cylene France (Lokono, Suriname), Jaime Palomino (Shuar Arutam, Ecuador), Jean La Rose (Lokono, Guyana), Oswald Castizo (Tanimuca, Colombia). Photo by Kamikia Kisedje.

July 3, 2024

Indigenous Messages from the Amazon Rainforest

Luana Polinesio

During the first meeting of Nia Tero’s Indigenous partners and allies in the Amazon region, Indigenous leaders from six Amazonian countries reflected on the challenges and threats they face in their territories.


The Rapa Nui delegation performs on the main stage in front of a packed audience at the 2024 Festival of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawai'i. Photo by Hill Ossip / Nia Tero.

June 24, 2024

Recent Celebration of Pacific Arts and Culture Is a Call for Indigenous Guardianship

‘Aulani Wilhelm and Brenda Toineeta Pipestem*

FestPAC demonstrated the intrinsic relationship between people and place, reminding us that nature and culture are intertwined.


Peter Seligmann with Indigenous leader Beto Marubo, in Vale do Javari, in 2018. Photo credit to Daniela Lerda/Nia Tero.

June 18, 2024

Indigenous Peoples Should Be Rewarded For Fighting Climate Change, Says Peter Seligmann, Founder of Nia Tero

Lia Hama, for Um Só Planeta*

In an interview for the Brazilian news outlet Um Só Planeta, Nia Tero’s CEO, Peter Seligmann, talks about the role played by Indigenous Peoples in fighting global warming and protecting biodiversity.


Vina Brown (Heiltsuk) and Heiltsuk and Haida dancers at the ceremonial gathering before the meetings began welcomed participants.

June 5, 2024

Asserting Our Power by Connecting with Each Other: Growing Interest in a US Network of Indigenous Guardians

Michael Painter and Nancy Kelsey

Young Lummi Nation Blackhawk  dancers filled a hall in northern Washington State with joy and hope at a gathering in April.


Residencies of Indigenous Peoples living in isolation in the Peruvian Amazon. Photo: Regional Organization of Indigenous Peoples of the East (Orpio).

May 30, 2024

In a Major Victory for Indigenous Peoples, Peru Establishes Reserve for Peoples in Voluntary Isolation and Initial Contact

The decision marks a long-awaited victory for Indigenous rights and environmental protection in the Amazon rainforest.