Indigenous People

around the world

Let’s sketch, draw and paint the Indigenous People also known as First People, Aboriginal People, or Native People as we travel around the world online.

The Indigenous people have a special relationship with the land on which they have lived for generations for tens of thousands of years. They possess crucial knowledge about how to manage natural resources sustainably and act as guardians or custodians of the land for the next generation. There are 370 million Indigenous people around the world and spread across more than 90 countries. They belong to more than 5,000 different Indigenous people and speak more than 4,000 languages.

Today, the Sami people of Scandinavia, the Maya of Guatemala, numerous tribal groups in the Amazonian rainforest, the Dalits in the mountains of Southern India, the San and Kwei of Southern Africa, Aboriginal people of Madagascar and  Australia,  the Igorot mountain people of the Philippines and of course the hundreds of Indigenous folks in Mexico, Central and South America, as well as in North America thrive and celebrate their cultural history and practices.

The diversity among communities of Indigenous People, each of which has its own distinct culture, language, history, and unique way of life. Yet, Indigenous People across the globe share many of the same common values derived in part from an understanding that their lives are part of and inseparable from the natural world.

Onondaga Faith Keeper Oren Lyons once said, “Our knowledge is profound and comes from living in one place for untold generations. It comes from watching the sun rise in the east and set in the west from the same place over great sections of time. We are as familiar with the lands, rivers and great seas that surround us as we are with the faces of our mothers. Indeed, we call the earth Etenoha, our mother from whence all life springs.”

Indigenous people are reminded of their responsibilities to the land by stories and ceremonies celebrated generation after generation. They remain close to the land, not only in the way they live, but in their hearts and in the way they view the world. Protecting the environment is not an intellectual exercise; it is a sacred duty. They are not just talking about future generations of humans. They are talking about future generations of plants, animals, water, and all living things.

World's Vanishing People

Indigenous people of Russia and the Far East
Pinterest-Indigenous People
Masterfile- Tribal People
Bing- The Inuits
Indigenous peoples in their traditional splendor
Portraits of Indigenous Tribes Around the World
Tribal Cultures of the World
Pinterest- Native Americans
Shaka Zulu Warriors
United Nations - Indigenous People

All Virtual New York Urban Sketchers events are one session (10 am -12 pm EST) held on Saturdays. For participants wanting to challenge themselves sketching more of a particular locality or theme, you are welcome to do the EXTENSION SKETCH PROJECT below:

Indigenous People  Extension Sketch Project:
Choose of the following prompt to sketch:
  • (a) indigenous mother and child
  • (b) tribal leader 
  • (c)  natives in cultural tattoos
  • (d)  Indigenous seniors
*Please post your finished sketches
to the USK NYC Facebook Site
Be sure to add the hash tag #NUS.

Facilitators of Virtual NYC Urban Sketchers
  • Theresa Smith
  • Lynda Greeley (Mama Bear)
  • Cecilia Evasco (Maricel)
  • Dina Schlesinger
  • Michael Skelly
  • Alan Wernicke
  • Elizabeth Birkby
with the assistance of Mark Leibowitz
founder of USK NYC

web site design by Cecilia Evasco
for Virtual NYC Urban Sketchers
under the auspices of USK NYC
Scheduled for November 6, 2021

Coming UP:  Petra & Jordan

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  • Orangeburg, New York, United States