ABSTRACT

Internationally, the economic imperative of tourism is helping to expose government agendas on biodiversity. It is clear that governments want commercial access to Indigenous people's lands. The greater revelation is the extent to which land rights are violated and cultures prostituted. There is a corporate race to break bread with, and make dough from, so-called 'lost' tribes. This whirlwind of investment brings two systems of governance face to face. On the one hand, there are corporate governments, seeking access to lands in perpetuity for development purposes, regardless of impacts. On the other hand, there are Indigenous people who have inherent and inalienable collective rights under ancestral title, and identify themselves as the keepers of sacred sovereignty. Today there is a brotherhood of Anglo nations which poses a grave threat to Indigenous people worldwide and, hence, to us all. There is also an upswell of grassroots civil protest against the destructive forces of consumerism and economic globalization.