Audience versions of this page: FamilyOn August 9, 1994, the United Nations first recognized the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. Indigenous people are cultures that were the first settlers of an area that was later colonized by people from a different, sometimes remote, region.There are indigenous people on every continent except Antarctica—from the Sami (in Scandinavia) to the Bambuti (in Central Africa); from the Hmong (in Southeast Asia) to the Maori (in New Zealand); from the Yanomami (in the Amazon rain forest) to the Yupik (in the Arctic).
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry Aboriginal Australian Noun
people and culture native to Australia and its surrounding islands. Also called Aborigine.
region at Earth's extreme north, encompassed by the Arctic Circle.
Encyclopedic Entry: Arctic colonize Verb
to establish control of a foreign land and culture.
one of the seven main land masses on Earth.
Encyclopedic Entry: continent culture Noun
learned behavior of people, including their languages, belief systems, social structures, institutions, and material goods.
area of land that receives no more than 25 centimeters (10 inches) of precipitation a year.
Encyclopedic Entry: desert First Nations Noun
Native American people of Canada.
indigenous people Noun
ethnic group that has lived in the same region for all of their known history.
indigenous rights Plural Noun
respect and preservation of the independence, culture, identity, language, employment, health, and education of indigenous people.
body of land surrounded by water.
Encyclopedic Entry: island land use Noun
range of purposes people put to the earth.
landmass that forms as tectonic plates interact with each other.
Native American Noun
person whose ancestors were native inhabitants of North or South America. Native American usually does not include Eskimo or Hawaiian people.
protection from use.
rain forest Noun
area of tall, mostly evergreen trees and a high amount of rainfall.
Encyclopedic Entry: rain forest recognize Verb
to identify or acknowledge.
any area on Earth with one or more common characteristics. Regions are the basic units of geography.
Encyclopedic Entry: region remote Adjective
distant or far away.
transition zone in northern Africa between the Sahara Desert in the north and the savanna ecosystems in the south.
type of tropical grassland with scattered trees.
region and name for some countries in Northern Europe: Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark.
person who migrates and establishes a residence in a largely unpopulated area.
United Nations Noun
international organization that works for peace, security and cooperation.