Annual forum on indigenous issues opens at UN

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Brian Monongye displays Hopi jewellery at the annual UN forum on indigenous issues. Photo: D. Penn/UN Radio

There are 193 countries in the UN family and perhaps their diversity is most evident during the annual forum on indigenous issues which began on Monday in New York.

Brian Monongye is from the Fire Clan of the Hopi people who live in 12 autonomous villages in their traditional territory in north-eastern Arizona in the United States.

He is also on the board of the Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous People which takes its name from a philosophy, credited to the Iroquois people, that says that actions today have consequences well into the future.

Brian tells Dianne Penn that his people also have a similar belief.

Duration: 3'23"

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