Indians in Fiji.

Indo-Fijians are Fijians whose ancestors came from India and various parts of South Asia and South-East Asia.[7]They number 313,798 (37.6%) (2007 census) out of a total of 827,900 people living in Fiji.[8] They are mostly descended from indentured labourers, girmitiyas or girmit, brought to the islands by Fiji’s British colonial rulers between 1879 and 1916 […]

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Religion & Ethnicity.

In some lists of databases of ethnic groups, we see names like “Agaria, Hindu” and “Agaria, Muslim” (India).  What is the role of religion in ethnicity? Is it the religious aspect of culture that is being designated?  When does religion become the determining factor in identity? The distinctive element we wish to emphasize is that […]

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Principles & Guidelines for The Protection of The Heritage of Indigineous People.

PRINCIPLES. 1. The effective protection of the heritage of the indigenous peoples of the world benefits all humanity. Cultural diversity is essential to the adaptability and creativity of the human species as a whole. 2. To be effective, the protection of indigenous peoples’ heritage should be based broadly on the principle of self-determination, which includes […]

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Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara.

Born Kamisese Kapaiwai Tuimacilai Mara, May 6, 1920, in Lomaloma, Fiji; died from complications of a stroke, April 18, 2004, in Suva, Fiji. Politician. As a tribal chief of the Lau Islands of eastern Fiji, Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara led his people to independence from Britain, becoming Fiji’s first prime minister in 1970. During the […]

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