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Indigenous peoples of the Americas

The indigenous peoples of the Americas are the aboriginal peoples of North and South America. They include the Precolumbian peoples who lived in the Americas before African and European contact and the descendants of these peoples, including multiracial peoples, such as the Mestizo, Métis, and others. These include the southernmost ethnic group in the world, the Yaghan of Chile and Argentina, to the northernmost people in the world, the Inughuit of Greenland.

Indigenous languages Wikipedias: Avañe'ẽ (Warani)  · Aymar aru (Aymara)  · ᏣᎳᎩ (Cherokee)  · Chahta (Choctaw)  · ᐃᔨᔫ (Cree)  · ᐃᓄᒃ (Inuktitut)  · Iñupiak  · Kalaallisut (Greenlandic Inuit)  · Mvskoke (Muscogee)  · Nahuatlahtolli  · Diné bizaad (Navajo)  · Yucatec Maya  · Qhichwa Simi  · Shoshoni  · Tsêhesenêstsestôtse (Cheyenne)  · Wüne pakina (Mapudungun)  · Indigenous languages of Latin America

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Inca expansion (1438-1527 CE)

The Inca civilization (or Inka) began as a tribe in the Cuzco area, where the legendary first Sapa Inca, Manco Capac, founded the Kingdom of Cuzco around 1200. Under the leadership of the descendants of Manco Capac, the Inca state grew to absorb other Andean communities. In 1442, the Incas began a far-reaching expansion under the command of Pachacutec. He founded the Inca Empire or Tahuantinsuyo, which became the largest empire in pre-Columbian America.

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Baré people from the Comunity Nova Esperança, Cuieiras River, tributary of the Rio Negro, Amazonia, Brazil


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One does not sell the earth upon which the people walk.

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Rigoberta Menchú Tum is a K'iché Mayan author from Guatemala. Menchú has dedicated her life to publicizing the plight of Guatemala's indigenous peoples during and after the Guatemalan Civil War (1960–1996), and to promoting indigenous rights in the country. She received the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize and Prince of Asturias Award in 1998. She is the subject of the testimonial biography I, Rigoberta Menchú (1983) and the author of the autobiographical work, Crossing Borders. Menchú is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. She has also become a figure in indigenous political parties and ran for President of Guatemala in 2007.

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