Day and night there was very little sleep if any at all in the state of Gujarat, India, since the first day of August. The built-up excitement and preparations all year round for the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples on August 9th was on everyone's mind.
|Indigenous peoples dance in India which seems to spread the message of unity and togetherness.|
In Vyara photo by Mayanak Chaudhari
Gujarat celebrating with the International Indigenous Unity Flag representing indigenous unity internationally and being used on the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, at events and festivals around the world is very significant to our effort with the flag. Everyone seems to be very excited and happy when carrying the Indigenous Unity Flag and have embraced the flag and its purpose of harmony, peace and balance for a more compassionate future, focused on the enhancements of indigenous rights, lands, water, climate and cultural protection.
Next year there are plans to spread the Indigenous Unity Flag to other states in India to create more purpose! The Indigenous Unity movement is important internationally to protect everything indigenous and has successfully demonstrated global peace and harmony while at the same time advocating for indigenous issues and educating indigenous and non indigenous youth about the atrocities which each country in the world are guilty of in their own abusive ways, even to this very day. There is much work in many areas of thought and frame of reference (point of view through experience) from citizens, governments and global movements required in order to reconcile societies (understand and accept the truths that oppress indigenous cultures) and most importantly protect and enhance the rights, lands and culture of the indigenous peoples on Earth.
In India, the official International Indigenous Unity Flags are painted, not printed. They are painted by the indigenous peoples, for the indigenous peoples.
Over 100,000 people marched In Vyara, Gujarat, India on August 9th
|The new generation of youth are learning about their culture, roots, lands, water protection and the rights of the indigenous peoples and to create and spread indigenous unity and harmony. In Vyara photo by Mayanak Chaudhari|
Amongst all the food, cheering, marching and festival celebrations there was 'Rodali'; Performances of storytelling, dances, songs, and skits. There is no actual detail for how long Rodali has been part of the Adivasi culture. Families enjoyed this year's focus of Rodali about how this generation is forgetting their own culture and how the peoples around the world are destroying Mother Earth.
In Vyara, Gujarat, India, alone, more than 100,000 people marched with the flag during their indigenous day festival. All most every village in South Gujarat celebrated on August 9th.
|Dressed in traditional Adivasi clothes.|
Photo taken by Mayank Chaudhari in Vyara, Gujarat, India.
The International Indigenous Unity Flag is one of those ideas in the world chosen by the first peoples of India (Adivasi - Indigenous Peoples of India) who fully support the flag with other indigenous peoples around the globe, it's idealistic view of the International Indigenous Unity Movement and continuous growth. With great interest and proper communication indigenous groups embrace days like the International Day of the World's indigenous peoples waving their symbol of International Indigenous Unity.
|Primitive Group Member Satish Chaudhari with the Indigenous Unit Flag.|
Photo by: Anurag Chaudhari
|Photo of the certificate that was awarded by the leaders and organizers to participants.|