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Title: Friends of Peoples Close to Nature  
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Subject: Indigenous peoples, Indigenous rights, Indigenous intellectual property, Plastic shaman, Survival International
Collection: 1991 Establishments in Germany, Charities Based in Germany, Ethnic and Racial Non-Governmental Organizations, Indigenous Rights Organizations, International Human Rights Organizations, International Nongovernmental Organizations, Non-Governmental Organisations Based in Germany, Non-Governmental Organisations Based in Kenya, Non-Governmental Organisations Based in the United Kingdom, Non-Governmental Organizations Based in Paraguay, Non-Governmental Organizations Based in Thailand, Non-Governmental Organizations Based in the Czech Republic, Non-Governmental Organizations Based in West Papua, Organizations Established in 1991
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Friends of Peoples Close to Nature

Founded 1991
Type Non-governmental organization
Focus Indigenous rights
Area served Worldwide

Friends of Peoples Close to Nature (fPcN) is a non-governmental East Africa to the Amazon to the Philippines.[2] fPcN considers that, unlike other organizations working in this field, they oppose the pushing of any Western values and practices on indigenous cultures.


  • Mission 1
  • Origin and structure 2
  • Peoples 3
  • Documentary films 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


fPcN sees the afflictions of indigenous tribes lying in the imposition of alien interests and not in a deficiency of their way of living.[1][3] They consider that the real struggle for these remote peoples is not in seeking equal opportunities for them in our own world, but in recognizing their autonomy and right to live in the way that they choose. Furthermore, they recognize the threat as a part of a culture of violence and standardization of the industrialized societies. fPcN considers these tribes as representing a successful way to live in a sustainable fashion, and see the lack of respect from states and economic entities as stemming from their very own distancing from nature in modern society. fPcN's mission is not in the field of reforming the poorer of those who live or have been assimilated by that system, but to assist those threatened by it in living their non-hierarchical ways in harmony with their environment. fPcN believes that the best we can do to help these peoples and respect their will is to let them be.

Origin and structure

fPcN was founded in Germany, in 1991. Since then, many of the same organisations have sprung from countries around the globe, working in connection with the German based, FdN - Freunde der Naturvölker e.V. (friends of Peoples close to Nature). These branches, working in connection with the overall objectives of the fPcN, are associated with the struggles of tribes in specific parts of the world. fPcN has chapters in the United Kingdom, Czech Republic, West Papua, Thailand, Paraguay, DR Congo and Kenya.[4]


Among the peoples they have worked with are:[1]

  • Asia: the Aeta, Ati, Agta, Batak, Mamanwa, Manik (Kenseu and Kintak), Lanoh, Kintah, Yahai, Tboli and the Mendrik. All of south east Asia (commonly referred to as Negritos) - the Wanniya-laeto (Veddah) (Sri Lanka)
  • Oceania: the Tjapukai in Australasia, the tribes of West Papua - the Adivasis, Chenchu and Kurumba of the Indian subcontinent, the Kwaio and Landalanga on Malaita in the south west Pacific, (commonly referred to as Negritos)

Documentary films

The fPcN has produced several field documentaries about tribal struggles.[5][6] In 1998, fPcN produced a short film about the Aeta's tribe named Save the Savages, describing the story of the last free tribal people in the Philippines. The film praises the tribe's cooperative way of life and reports its destruction by logging and mining activities.[7]

fPcN have been involved in making several documentaries about the struggle of the people of West Papua, New Guinea, which is annexed to Indonesia, to maintain their way of life in the face of the Indonesian government's industrialisation projects and exploitation of local resources. Blood On the Cross is a 1999 ABC documentary about the Red Cross' involvement in the World Wildlife Fund hostages saga in 1996 and their alleged connection to the resulting slaughter of the indigenous peoples of West Papua. Mark Davis investigates allegations about the role of the International Red Cross and the British military in a massacre in the Southern Highlands of West Papua in May 1996. The story of what happened had never been told before.[8] The Red Cross subsequently set up an independent investigation of the claims, which found them to be erroneous.[9]

In 2003, fPcN released the documentary Papua Merdeka. It talks about the continuous struggle of the West Papuan tribes for independence from Indonesian dominance. It includes historical footage of events showing the

  • fPcN International: fPcN interCultural: friends of Peoples close to Nature
  • fPcN Germany: Freunde der Naturvölker (de)
  • Batwa: Statement at the WGIP

External links

  1. ^ a b c friends of Peoples close to Nature website - Our Ethos and statement of principles
  2. ^ Levin, Adam (2003). The Wonder Safaris: African Journeys of Miracles and Surprises. Struik Publishers.  
  3. ^ German Information Centre New Delhi, German NGOs - making a difference
  4. ^ Freunde der Naturvölker website
  5. ^
  6. ^
  7. ^ P. Clark, John (2004). Anarchy, Geography, Modernity: The Radical Social Thought of Elisee Reclus. Lexington Books.  
  8. ^ a b c d e Engage Media fPcN videos
  9. ^ Paul Barber, TAPOL, the Indonesia Human Rights Campaign, Irian Jaya: The Record, April 20-April 30, 2000.
  10. ^ AKHA - Prisoners of a White God


See also

Prisoners of a White God is a documentary about the Akhas, produced and distributed by Twin Star in September 2008. It won the Grand Prixes at RAFF Film Festival, at Ecofilm Festival, at Festival of the Mountain Films, at "It's Up To You" Film Festival and the Main Prize at Ekotopfilm in 2008. It is about a Czech researcher who goes to the Thail and Laosen mountains in order to search and document the causes of alleged wrongdoing and violence done to the indigenous peoples and their children by Christian missionaries.[8][10]


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