This is a partial list of the
world's indigenous / aboriginal / native peoples. Indigenous peoples are any ethnic group of peoples who are considered to fall under one of the internationally recognized definitions of Indigenous peoples, such as United Nations, the International Labour Organization and the World Bank, i.e. "those ethnic groups that were indigenous to a territory prior to being incorporated into a national state, and who are politically and culturally separate from the majority ethnic identity of the state that they are a part of". [1 ]
Note that this is a listing of peoples, groups and communities. Many of the names are externally imposed, and are not those the people identify within their cultures. As
John Trudell observed, "They change our name and treat us the same." Basic to the unethical treatment of indigenous peoples is an insistence that the original inhabitants of the land are not permitted to name themselves. Many tribal groups have reasserted their traditional self-identifying names in recent times, in a process of [2 ] geographical renaming where "The place-name changes herald a new era, in which Aboriginal people have increasing control over the right to name and govern their homelands." [3 ]
This list is grouped by region, and sub-region. Note that a particular group may warrant listing under more than one region, either because the group is distributed in more than one region (example:
Inuit in North America and eastern Russia), or there may be some overlap of the regions themselves (that is, the boundaries of each region are not always clear and some locations may commonly be associated with more than one region).
The continent of
Africa, including associated islands such as Madagascar, but excluding Arabia.
Central Africa [ edit ]
generally includes the lands mainly of the Central Africa Congo River basin, south of the Sahara and west of the East African Rift.
East Africa [ edit ]
, including the East Africa African Great Lakes region and the Indian Ocean islands.
Bahima/Ankole: Uganda, Rwanda
Chokwe: Mozambique, Zambia
Hutu: Burundi, Rwanda
Luo: Kenya, Tanzania
Maasai: Kenya and Tanzania
Nyanja: Malawi, Zambia
Sena: Malawi, Mozambique
Swahili: Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Uganda, Somalia, Comoros, Mayotte, Mauritius, Seychelles, Djibouti, Libya, South Africa, Zambia, Malawi, Madagascar, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo
Tumbuka: Malawi, Zambia
Tonga: Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia
Tutsi: Burundi, Rwanda
Twa peoples ( Pygmy): Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Congo, Rwanda, Namibia, Zambia, Uganda
Yao: Malawi, Mozambique
South Africa with significant population in Zulu: Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Tanzania
Horn of Africa [ edit ]
includes Horn of Africa Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia.
North Africa [ edit ]
North Africa generally includes African countries with borders on the Mediterranean and northern Red Sea and Atlantic Ocean, bounded largely by the Sahara Desert to the south.
( Berber (or Amazigh): Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Mauritania)
( Dinka: South Sudan)
( Egyptians: Egypt)
( Haratin: Morocco, Mauritania)
Nubians: Egypt, Sudan
( Nuer: South Sudan)
( Shilluk: South Sudan)
(southern Sahara and Sahel regions of Tuareg: Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso)
Southern Africa [ edit ]
generally includes lands from the Southern Africa Cape of Good Hope northwards to the borders of Democratic Republic of the Congo and Tanzania, and islands such as Madagascar.
West Africa [ edit ]
generally includes the region bounded by the West Africa Sahara Desert to the north and the Gulf of Guinea to the south.
Americas [ edit ]
the Americas is the continent (or super-continent) comprising North and South America, and associated islands.
The Caribbean [ edit ]
the Caribbean, or West Indies, generally includes the island chains of the Caribbean.
Central America [ edit ]
North America [ edit ]
( Amuzgo Oaxaca, Mexico)
( Chocho Oaxaca, Mexico)
( Cocopa Baja California, Mexico)
( Guarijío Sonora, Mexico)
( Kikapú Coahuila, Mexico)
( Paipai Baja California, Mexico)
( Tepehuán Chihuahua and Durango, Mexico)
(Tequistlatecan people of Chontal de Oaxaca Oaxaca, Mexico)
( Chatino Oaxaca, Mexico)
( Chichimeca Jonaz San Luis Potosí, Mexico)
( Chinantec Oaxaca, Mexico)
(Mayan language of Ch'ol Chiapas Mexico)
(Mayan language of Chontal Maya Tabasco, Mexico)
( Cochimí Baja California, Mexico)
( Cora Jalisco and Nayarit Mexico)
( Cuicatec Oaxaca, Mexico)
( Huastec San Luis Potosí, Mexico)
( Huave Oaxaca, Mexico)
( Huichol Jalisco and Nayarit Mexico)
( Ixcatec Oaxaca, Mexico)
( Kiliwa Baja California, Mexico)
( Kumeyaay Baja California, Mexico)
( Lacandón Chiapas, Mexico)
( Matlatzinca Mexico (state), Mexico)
( Mayo Sonora, Mexico)
( Mazahua Mexico (state), Mexico)
( Mazatec Puebla and Oaxaca, Mexico)
( Mexicanero Durango, Mexico)
( Mixe Oaxaca, Mexico)
( Mixtec Oaxaca, Mexico)
( Pame San Luis Potosí, Mexico)
( Pima Bajo Chihuahua, Mexico)
( Popoloca Oaxaca, and Puebla, Mexico)
( P'urhépecha Michoacán, Mexico)
( Seri Sonora, Mexico)
( Tarahumara Chihuahua, Mexico)
( Tlapanec Me'phaa) ( Guerrero, Mexico)
( Totonac Veracruz and Puebla, Mexico)
( Trique Oaxaca, Mexico)
( Tzeltal Chiapas, Mexico)
( Tzotzil Chiapas, Mexico)
( Yaqui Sonora, Mexico)
( Yucatec Maya Yucatán, Quintana Roo and Campeche Mexico)
( Zapotec Oaxaca, Mexico)
( Zoque Oaxaca and Chiapas Mexico)
South America [ edit ]
South America generally includes all of the (sub-)continent and islands south of the Isthmus of Panama.
eastern Awá-Guajá: Amazonian rainforest, Brazil
Northern Ecuador Awá-Kwaiker:
: Aymara Peru/ Bolivia/ Chile
the Ayoreo: Chaco, Paraguay/ Bolivia
Bora: Colombia/ Peru
Bororo: Mato Grosso, Brazil
Charrúa: Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina
Chayahuita: Loreto, Peru
Cocama-Cocamilla: Loreto, Peru
Conibo: Ucayali, Peru
Embera: Colombia/ Panamá
Jivaroan: Loreto and San Martín, Peru
Guaraní: Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil, Bolivia and Argentina
Makuxi: Brazil/ Guyana
Mapuche: Chile/ Argentina
Matis: Brazil/ Peru
Matsés: Brazil/ Peru
Secoya: Loreto, Peru/ Ecuador
Shipibo: Ucayali, Peru*
Ticuna: Brazil/ Peru/ Colombia
Tupi: Paraguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru and Argentina
Urarina: Chambira Basin, Loreto Peru
Yora: Amazon rainforest, southeast Peru
the Wichí: Chaco, Argentina/ Bolivia
of Warao: Venezuela's Orinoco River delta region.
Wayuu Venezuela/ Colombia
Yanomami Venezuela/ Brazil
The continent of Asia including: the Asia Minor, south of the Caucasus Mountains, the West Asia to continental Eastern Mediterranean and the Arabian peninsula, Central Asia, the Indian subcontinent, North Asia east of the Ural mountains, Eastern Asia, continental South-East Asia and archipelagic regions of the Pacific and Indian oceans bordering the Australian continental shelf.
Western Asia [ edit ]
includes the region of Western Asia Dead Sea Transform, the Arabian peninsula, the Levant, Asia Minor, the Caucasus region and extending to the southern Caspian coast, Kopet Dag mountains and the eastern Dasht-e Lut desert.
Central Asia [ edit ]
generally includes the landlocked region east of the Central Asia Caspian Sea, south of the Russian Taiga, to the Himalayas, and extending eastwards to Mongolia and the western Chinese provinces and autonomous regions.
East Asia [ edit ]
generally includes the East Asia People's Republic of China, the Korean Peninsula, and the associated Pacific islands, principally Japan and Taiwan.
North Asia [ edit ]
generally includes the North Asia Russian Far East and the northern and eastern parts of Siberia.
South Asia/Indian Subcontinent [ edit ]
generally includes the South Asia Indian subcontinental region, adjacent areas, and related islands of the Indian Ocean.
Southeast Asia [ edit ]
Mainland Southeast Asia
Of Idu mishmi: NortheastIndia, Arunachal Pradesh
of Akha: Thailand, Laos, Burma and Chinese minority
of Degar: Vietnam
subgroups of Hmong: Thailand, Burma, Laos, Vietnam and a Chinese minority
an alliance of Karen: hill tribes of Burma and Thailand
Khmuic groups: including Khmu, Pray, Mlabri in Thailand and Laos
One of the Lahu: hill tribes of Thailand, Burma, Laos and Yunnan.
Of Karbi: Karbi Anglong, Assam, NortheastIndia
One of the Lisu: hill tribes of Burma, Thailand, Arunachal Pradesh, India & Yunnan and Sichuan, China
: includes the Negrito Semang of the Malay peninsula, the Aeta of Luzon, the Ati of Panay, the Mani of Thailand, and the Andamanese.
in Orang Asli: Peninsular Malaysia. They are divided into three main tribal groups – Semang (Negrito), Senoi, and Proto-Malay
including Tai/ Dai: Tai Lu, Tai Dam, Tai Nüa, Khün, Phu Thai, in China, Vietnam, Burma, Laos and Thailand
in Southern China Yi:
Maritime Southeast Asia
Ethnic groups in Europe Europe generally refers to the mass of the Eurasian peninsula westwards of the Ural Mountains, the islands of the Mediterranean and North Atlantic Ocean.
Circumpolar North [ edit ]
generally includes the lands surrounding the Circumpolar North Arctic Circle.
Evenks, China, Mongolia, Russia
Inuit: Greenland, Northern Canada ( Nunavut and Northwest Territories), Alaska
Koryaks, Russian Far East
Chukchi, Siberia, Russia
Sami: Northern Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Kola peninsula in Russia
Yupik: Alaska and the Russian Far East
Inupiat: Alaska's Arctic and North Slope boroughs and the Bering Straits
Northern Samoyedic peoples
Ugric peoples, Yugra, Siberia, Russia
Khanty, Yugra, Siberia, Russia
Mansi, Yugra, Siberia, Russia
Yukaghirs, East Siberia, Russia
Oceania [ edit ]
Oceania includes most islands of the Pacific Ocean, New Guinea and the continent of Australia.
Australia [ edit ]
includes the continental landmass, and associated islands. Australia
Melanesia [ edit ]
generally includes Melanesian New Guinea and other (far-)western Pacific islands from the Arafura Sea out to Fiji.
Micronesia [ edit ]
generally includes the various small island chains of the western and central Pacific. Micronesia
Polynesia [ edit ]
generally includes New Zealand and the islands of the central and southern Pacific Ocean Polynesia
See also [ edit ]
See also [ edit ]
in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. Indigenous
See all pages that start with indigenous people or indigenous
^ Sanders, Douglas (1999). "Indigenous peoples: Issues of definition". International Journal of Cultural Property 8 (1): 4–13. doi: 10.1017/S0940739199770591.
^ Ritzer, G., and Ryan, M.J., eds., The Concise Encyclopedia of Sociology, Wiley, 2011, p.313
^ Alia, V., Names and Nunavut: Culture and Identity in Arctic Canada, Berghahn Books, 2008, p.143
^ Rouse (1992)
^ Unrepresented Nations and People Organization | UNPO, Assyrians the Indigenous People of Iraq 
^ Sawahla & Dloomy (2007, pp. 425–433)
^ The UN Refugee Agency | UNHCR, World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 
^ Department of Evolutionary Biology at University of Tartu Estonian Biocentre | Reconstruction of Patrilineages and Matrilineages of Samaritans and Other Israeli Populations From Y-Chromosome and Mitochondrial DNA Sequence Variation, Molecular Anthropology Group 
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