Want to learn about Indigenous communities in Indonesia?
Bali, also known as the Island of Gods, is a pretty special place. Its beauty, energy, and people make you fall in love with the place instantly. Bali is an Indonesian province situated in the Lesser Sunda Island, east of Java.
There's a Balinese belief that says that once you reach the island, you won't have a say on whether you stay or leave and never come back. Bali will make you face your darkest side and will only allow you to stay if you confront them.
We are incredibly grateful to the island for welcoming us every time and also to its wonderful people. As a small sign of gratitude, we’ve decided to dedicate a section on our blog to the Indonesian population, starting with Indigenous tribes all around Indonesia.
We profoundly admire, respect and appreciate Indonesian culture. We hope you soon do, too.
Indonesia has a population of about 250 million people and over 17,000 islands.The government recognizes 1,128 different ethnic groups, which make up for around 50 to 70 million people.
As many other countries, Indonesia has adopted the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People; unfortunately, the government doesn’t fully accept and agree with the concept itself. As in many other regions in the world, Indigenious people in Indonesia are increasingly experiencing violence and criminalization.
The issues they face aren’t limited to the above but many others, such as land, armed conflicts, natural resources use, ability to vote or carry any administrative rights, racial discrimination etc.
Looking forward to hearing more? Check this space.