What Do You Mean, Indigenous?
The official definitions by the
World Council of Indigenous Peoples is:
"1. the original inhabitants of an area; 2. the descendants
of the original inhabitants of an area who are colonized, or 3.
those who live in an Indigenous way."
The Sami Council adds: "those
whose grandparents spoke the Sami language, or who live in a Sami
way and are recognized as being Sami by the Sami society."
Or, as some say, "It's a way of life we have!"
(Adapted from BÁIKI
Issue #18, Fall 1998)