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“Through consciousness, our minds have the power to change our planet and ourselves. It is time we heed the wisdom of the ancient indigenous people and channel our consciousness and spirit to tend the garden and not destroy it.”

–Bruce Lipton

With Indigenous Travel, we can learn about indigenous cultures and deepen our understanding for indigenous peoples. Hence, we can truly honor their humanity, our shared humanity and then appreciate the many contributions they’ve made to society.

Despite their rich cultural heritage and traditions, many indigenous peoples are noticeably absent from historical narratives. That historical imbalance must be reconciled.

Indigenous travel offers curious travelers with a great opportunity to contribute to indigenous communities and at the same time experience their culture personally and make a difference to their lives with tourism. The stories below reflect our attempt to educate and restore harmony and accuracy to our collective history.


Family on a wooden longboat in Panama. Photo: Chez

Visiting Panama’s Embera People

By Chez Chesak

Our wooden longboat plied the Chagres River deeper and deeper into the Panamanian rain forest. Soon the boatmen, one wearing a loincloth and the other a beaded skirt, were poling us through channels so narrow that it looked like the river had disappeared.   Read more

Central and South America History Indigenous
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4 Incredible Places to Visit in Lake Toba, Sumatra

By Nayla Azmi

Lake Toba, or Danau Toba in Bahasa, is a huge, natural lake occupying the caldera of a supervolcano and an important site for the Batak Indigenous people.   Read more

Asia Off the Beaten Path Indigenous
The condition of Landak river before the flash flood

How one Indonesian community is using ecotourism income to fight deforestation and climate change

By Nayla Azmi

Climate change is impacting the world in significant ways. We know this. But it’s impacting the beautiful islands of Indonesia, in particular…   Read more

Asia Eco-tourism Indigenous
Cabarita Beach photo by Ann-Marie Cahill

A Trip Through Tradition on the Tweed Coast

By Ann-Marie Cahill

Wollumbin is not the first site to be ‘renamed’ in Australia, and it certainly should not be the last.   Read more

Oceania Landscape Indigenous
The Oxalis Morada is indigenous to the Galapagos Islands and many regions of South America. Photo: Brent Cahill

Indigenous Food Travel: A Culinary Postcard

By Ann-Marie Cahill

While many of my friends have turned to books or television documentaries, I have been exploring the world of culinary travel — but not just for cooking recipes. I found inspiration in the preservation of Indigenous food. And that has me planning my next adventure.   Read more

Oceania Food & Drink Indigenous Preservation Social Responsibility
Las Cholitas of Bolivia are indigenous women

Bolivia’s Las Cholitas

By SJ Armstrong

The cholita indigenous women from Bolivia’s countryside, are an indomitable symbol of resilience. In a country ravaged by colonial greed, ransacked resources, and periods of crippling poverty, the Bolivian people are no stranger to adversity.   Read more

Central and South America Indigenous
Dream catchers were originally created by Native Americans.

Exploring Indigenous Tourism and Istanbul

World Footprints discusses Indigenous Tourism opportunities in America and the cultural influences that have shaped Istanbul, Turkey. There are 573 federally recognized American Indian tribes in the United States and 326 reservations. Some reservations are open to visitors and most are known for their Casinos. However, Indigenous Tourism consultant Anna … Read more   Read more

The World History Indigenous
An indigenous Oma woman in Laos.

Max Mara: A Fashion House Under Fire for Stealing Indigenous Designs

By Tara Tadlock

Max Mara, a multi-billion dollar Italian fashion label, has been blasted on social media for stealing the traditional clothing designs of the Oma, a tiny ethnic minority in Southeast Asia.   Read more

Asia Fashion & Style Indigenous Social Responsibility
Licin woman

Locals of Licin, East Java

By Ziba Redif

The sleepy village of Licin is situated in the Banyuwangi regency of East Java, Indonesia. It’s a 30-minute drive from the town of Banyuwangi – Java’s easternmost tip – and an hour from the slopes of Kawah Ijen, the legendary volcano famous for its electric blue flames.   Read more

Asia Agritourism Indigenous Sustainability
Mapuche house in Chile #Indigenous #heritage

Chilean Tourism and the Indigenous Mapuche

By Leijia Hanrahan

The regions of Biobío and Araucanía, which lie somewhere in the middle of the 2,653 miles that stretch from Chile’s top to bottom, are nevertheless known as “the south.”   Read more

Central and South America Indigenous Social Responsibility
Native American totem pole.

Western New York’s New Onöhsagwëde’ Cultural Center

By Kathleen Walls

The Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County, New York are the homeland of The Seneca Nation, one of six Native American tribes that formed a confederacy in the region. The largest of the six tribes, The Seneca, who lived in the Western part of the Confederacy, called themselves the Onöndowa’ga,’ or … Read more   Read more

United States Experiences Indigenous Preservation
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Garifuna culture and history throughout St. Vincent and Grenadine Islands

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

Traveling throughout the Caribbean and especially the West Indies, one can experience the cultural influences of the Garifuna people in the food, music, dance and island traditions.  The Garifuna people are the mixed-race descendants of Carib, African and Arawak people.  When indigenous Amerindian inhabitants of these Caribbean islands, intermarried Western … Read more   Read more

Caribbean and Atlantic Experiences Indigenous

An evening on the Blackfoot Crossing Reservation in Alberta, Canada

Enjoy a glimpse of our night under the stars in a teepee on the Blackfoot Crossing Reservation in Alberta, Canada.  We were treated to a bear skin rug, music and dance traditions and all of the comforts that a teepee offers in the middle of a vast territory.    Read more

Canada Backpacking & Camping Indigenous