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Sunday, August 9

International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

Bushmen in Deception Valley, Botswana demonstr...Image via Wikipedia

Today is the UN's International Day of the World’s Indigenous People.

Here's something useful to read / pass along:

Survival International has named three destinations holidaymakers should avoid:
Barefoot India has established a tourist resort near the edge of the reserve created to protect the Jarawa tribe. The resort puts one of the world’s most recently-contacted tribes at risk from swine flu and other diseases to which they are likely to have little immunity.The Botswana government is promoting the Central Kalahari Game Reserve as a tourist destination, and is allowing a safari company to build a lodge that will use large amounts of water. But it refuses to allow the Bushmen to use a single water borehole inside the reserve.Treks to meet isolated tribes in West Papua, Indonesia – including one offered by American ‘adventurer’ Kelly Woolford to an area where tribes supposedly ‘have had no contact with the outside world’ – could, if true, have catastrophic consequences.

Survival have produced a tourism advice leaflet with more info.

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