Cultural Survival

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Cultural Survival
TypeNon-governmental organization
FocusIndigenous rights
Area served
US$ 1,249,153 (2009)

Cultural Survival (founded 1972) is a nonprofit group based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, US, which is dedicated to defending the human rights of indigenous peoples.


Cultural Survival was founded by anthropologist David Maybury-Lewis and his wife, Pia,[1] in response to the opening up of the Amazonian and South American hinterlands during the 1960s, and the drastic effects this had on Indigenous inhabitants. It has since worked with Indigenous communities in Asia, Africa, South America, North America, and Australia, becoming the leading US-based organization defending the rights of Indigenous Peoples around the world. Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Cultural Survival also has a satellite office for the Guatemala Radio Project in Guatemala. As of 2012, Cultural Survival had a four-star rating from Charity Navigator.[2]

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  1. ^ Credo Reference - Maybury-Lewis, David H.P. b. 1929, Hyderabad, Pakistan
  2. ^ "Cultural Survival". Charity Navigator. Archived from the original on 9 December 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2012.