quote by Rigoberta Menchu

We are not myths of the past, ruins in the jungle, or zoos. We are people and we want to be respected, not to be victims of intolerance and racism.

— Rigoberta Menchu

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Indigenous people quote You can't change how people treat you or what they say about you. All you can do

You can't change how people treat you or what they say about you. All you can do is change how you react to it.

I am against the fact that a settler minority should impose an entire system of values on an indigenous people.

I resolutely believe that respect for diversity is a fundamental pillar in the eradication of racism, xenophobia and intolerance. There is no excuse for evading the responsibility of finding the most suitable path toward the elimination of any expression of discrimination against indigenous peoples.

Indigenous people quote There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people's bo

There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people's book and write your own.

To annihilate indigenous populations eventually paves the way to our own annihilation. They are the only people who practice sustainable living. We think they are relics of the past, but they may be the gatekeepers to our future.

We must respect each other's right to choose a collective destiny, and the opportunity to develop the legal and political rights for Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples so that we may enjoy the right to maintain our culture, our heritage and our land, as a united Australia.

Indigenous people believe that Man belongs to the World;

civilized people believe that the World belongs to Man.

Indigenous people quote Maturity is learning to walk away from people and situation that threaten your p

Maturity is learning to walk away from people and situation that threaten your peace of mind, self respect, values, morals and self worth.

Today the governments of Latin America should be ashamed of not havingexterminated the indigenous, at the end of the twentieth century, because weexist at the end of this century. We are not myths of the past, ruins in thejungle, or zoos. We are people and we want to be respected, not to be victims ofintolerance and racism.

In a society where all are related, simple decisions require the approval of nearly everyone in that society. It is society as a whole, not merely a part of it, that must survive. This is the indigenous understanding. It is the understanding in a global sense. We are all indigenous people on this planet, and we have to reorganize to get along.

If you can imagine the one family continuously occupying the same land for 40,000 years or more, using it not just to sustain life but as a place of reverence and worship, where every tree, rock and waterhole had significance, you will get some understanding of the importance of land to indigenous people.

Indigenous people quote Thinking is difficult, that's why most people judge.

Thinking is difficult, that's why most people judge.

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Although we are in different boats you in your boat and we in our canoe we share the same river of life.

Through consciousness, our minds have the power to change our planet and ourselves. It is time we heed the wisdom of the ancient indigenous people and channel our consciousness and spirit to tend the garden and not destroy it.

We do not want to be reminded that it is we, the indigenous people, who are poor and exploited in the land of our birth. These are concepts which the Black Consciousness approach wishes to eradicate from the black man's mind before our society is driven to chaos by irresponsible people from Coca-cola and hamburger cultural backgrounds.

Indigenous people quote It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat

It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.

Baldness that appears to be normal is a disease in Europe, almost all of them are bald, and that is because of the things they eat; while among the indigenous peoples there are no bald people, because we eat other things.

As it has for America's other indigenous peoples, I believe the United States must fulfill its responsibility to Native Hawaiians.

As it has for America's other indigenous peoples, I believe the United States must fulfill its responsibility to Native Hawaiians.

Indigenous people quote Everyone comes with baggage. Find someone who loves you enough to help you unpac

Everyone comes with baggage. Find someone who loves you enough to help you unpack.

We are lagging far behind comparable countries in overcoming the disadvantages Indigenous people face.

Christopher Columbus introduced two phenomena that revolutionized race relations and transformed the modern world: the taking of land, wealth, and labor from indigenous people in the Western Hemisphere, leading to their near extermination, and the transatlantic slave trade, which created a racial underclass.

For Indigenous peoples , the impact of separating us from our heritage goes directly to the heart that pumps life through our peoples. To expect a people to be able to enjoy their culture without their cultural heritage and their sacred belongings is equivalent to amputating their legs and digging up the ground and asking them to run a marathon.

Indigenous people quote The planet does not need more "successful people". The planet desperately needs

The planet does not need more "successful people". The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lover of all kinds.

Here's the reality. The image of a white Jesus has been used to justify enslavement, conquest, colonialism, the genocide of indigenous peoples. There are literally millions of human beings whose lives have been snuffed out by people who conquered under the banner of a white god.

Solutions will not be found while Indigenous people are treated as victims for whom someone else must find solutions.

I'd like to talk about free markets. Information in the computer age is the last genuine free market left on earth except those free markets where indigenous people are still surviving. And that's basically becoming limited.

Indigenous people quote When you start seeing your worth, you'll find it harder to stay around people wh

When you start seeing your worth, you'll find it harder to stay around people who don't.

We are now facing a difficult situation in Peru, where there are attempts to cut back the territorial rights of the indigenous peoples, including moves to divide, fragment and privatise our communal organisations. Now more than ever, it is a matter of urgency for us to consolidate our own indigenous alternatives for development.

We are all indigenous people on this planet, and we have to reorganize to get along.

Because the time has come, well and truly come, for all peoples of our great country, for all citizens of our great commonwealth, for all Australians - those who are indigenous and those who are not - to come together to reconcile and together build a new future for our nation.

Indigenous people quote Stay close to people who feel like sunlight.

Stay close to people who feel like sunlight.

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We are seeing healing among the stolen generations, and initiatives which are enabling Indigenous people to make their distinctive contribution to our national life.

Yet there are thousands of Indigenous people searching for family members.

We are at last being recognised as the indigenous people of this country whom must share in its future. This is not a day of national mourning for us. We must leave history behind us and look forward.

Indigenous people quote The less you respond to negative people, the more peaceful your life will become

The less you respond to negative people, the more peaceful your life will become.

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What Australia was before is the fullest Australia has ever been.

.. as created and made and valued by indigenous people. The white man came here and took it away, took it away and replaced it.

So many indigenous people have said to me that the fundamental difference between Western and indigenous ways of being is that even the most open-minded westerners generally view listening to the natural world as a metaphor, as opposed to the way the world really is. Trees and rocks and rivers really do have things to say to us.

Indigenous people made huge contributions to this country.

The biggest is in sharing the land and resources. People need to see that, understand that. Indigenous people should be viewed as the founding peoples of this land.

Indigenous people quote Intelligent people tend to have less friends than the average person. The smarte

Intelligent people tend to have less friends than the average person. The smarter you are, the more selevtive you become.

The media and politics have never allowed our people to speak through them.

The absolute marginalization of the indigenous peoples is a fact, as is sophisticated militarization. These have been the most significant ingredients in the silent war.

Well, I think indigenous peoples have ways of living on the Earth that they've had forever. And they've been overrun by organized religion, which has had a lot of money and power.

We focus on bringing back Indigenous languages, ceremonies, cultures, traditions - all that was lost over the past 150 years. This is how we'll generate hope - for all Canadian people.

We cannot allow some people to be left at the back of the human rights bus.

.. We must ensure the rights of individual groups or people -be they indigenous peoples, or peoples of Asian or African or American descent, or Jews or Muslims- are not sacrificed on an altar of progress for some while there are setbacks to others.

If you're Filipino, you're the beaner of the Asian community 'cause you're just like us. You're indigenous people that got banged by some Spaniards. That's why you have names like Kwan Ping Del Toro.

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