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Wanua Koha: Agricultural Area and History

Wanua Koha, or Koha Village, is populated by indigenous communities of the Minahasa group known for their fertile agricultural areas. Wanua Koha is famous for producing palawija, which includes cloves, nutmeg, and coffee. Therefore, for indigenous peoples in Waua Koha, land forms an important part of their lives. Wanua Koha is also an important place for the history of the Minahasa group. Located on top of the hills, the village

Why is the Fifth National Working Meeting in Wanua Koha?   

  Wanua Koha, in the Mandolang Subdistrict, is one part of the Tobulu Pineleng indigenous community in Minahasa, North Sulawesi. Wanua Koha (or Koha village) has inherited the traditions of daily life in the Minahasan community. One tradition that still continues is Mapalus, the tradition of gotong-royong or mutual help. For Nedine Helena Sulu, who is also a member of the AMAN National Council and a member of Barisan Pemuda Adat Nusantara (AMAN’s indigenous youth wing organisation),

Fortress Moraya Location Celebration  Hari Kebangkitan Masyarakat Adat Nusantara 2018 and  19th Anniversary SAFE

Celebrations for the Indigenous Peoples’ Day of Resurrection (HKMAN) 2018 and the 19th anniversary of the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN) will be held at Benteng Moraya, Tondano in North Sulawesi on March 17 2018. This location was chosen for the historic triumphs of the Minahasans against Dutch colonialists and their attempts to conquer Minahasa land a few centuries ago. Tondano is the capital of Minahasa District, a

Fifth AMAN National Working Meeting will be held in Wanua Koha

The National Working Meeting of the Fifth Congress of the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago will be held once more on 14-17 March 2018 in Wanua Koha, Minahasa District, North Sulawesi Province, with the theme “Strengthening the Organisation to Ensure the Fulfillment of Indigenous Peoples’ Rights by the State in realising political sovereignty, economic independence and cultural dignity.” The Fifth AMAN National Working Meeting (or Rakernas) is one of the decision-making mechanisms mandated by

Kawasaran dance welcomes the arrival of the Secretary General of AMAN in Minahasa

As the sounds of prayer followed the break of dawn on Sunday 11th March 2018, the beating of drums and screams of Kawasaran dancers broke the silence of Sam Ratulangi International Airport in Manado, North Sulawesi. The Minahasa dancers, dressed in traditional adat outfits, were at the airport to greet Rukka Sombolinggi, the Secretary General of the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (Secretary General of AMAN), who had just set

HALF-HEARTED RECOGNITION OF INDONESIA’S BEST FOREST   GUARDIANS

14 September 2015 Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN) HALF-HEARTED RECOGNITION OF INDONESIA’S BEST FOREST GUARDIANS Summary: Position Paper on Indonesia’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) This position letter is prepared by Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN) as a critical response toward the Indonesian government’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC). The INDC is a commitment of the Indonesian government to lower greenhouse gas emissions. It will be

Statement of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 9 August 2015   Statement of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz   As we celebrate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples this 9th of August 2015, we look back into what has been achieved the past years and envisage what can be done for the future. Barely a year ago, in the UN General

2013 in Review Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance of the Archipelago

I.    LEGAL AND POLICY CHANGES In 2013, Indonesia began to show favorable legal change in recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples. While a lot remains to be done, positive recognition has occurred on almost every governmental level, from the capital down to regencies. Below are highlights from the year: A. National Level 1.    Draft Law on the Recognition and Protection of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Rancangan Undang-Undang tentang