chapter  1
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Introduction

Indigenous rights are alien to the corporate world. Their collective and spiritual nature fundamentally counters industrial economics. Given this, industry tends to shrug off Indigenous Peoples' communiques as antiquated, unrealistic or radical thinking. This has far-reaching consequences for our immediate 'biodiversity crisis'. Globally, government and industry have resisted appeals for the accommodation of Indigenous rights. Even so, Indigenous Peoples' revived political and economic presence is affecting commerce. They are now vocal across the United Nations (UN) and at the World Trade Organization (WTO). While many countries have ignored or directly perpetrated commercial violations of Indigenous rights, less political cover exists today. Globalization is biting back at the corporate world. Negotiations with Indigenous Peoples, recently unthinkable to colonial regimes and their trade partners are becoming a feature of the global economy. In the tourism industry, like other economic sectors, we are stuck in unproductive patterns of communication about what is sustainable.