What does it mean to be native ?

I asked this to myself when I failed on giving a name to those who were not native. Settlers? Immigrants?

How a Yupik native must feel in front of a young Canadian? What are the challenges to preserve their heritage and culture in the 21st century's world? How to reconcile ways of life that seems to be so different at first sight, but inevitably coexist? What does it mean to be indigenous at the time of globalization?


Faced with all these questions, I wish to develop a study project that would identify the cultural and social links between peoples who belong to the same migratory history and the problems due to the confrontation between two opposing flows, especially European settlers and the First nations of America.

In 2018, it's important to remember that man has always migrated and that our societies are in no way a static product.


This project also aims to promote fundamental and useful visions of the world to face the great changes of our century.

Native populations are a perfect example of adaptation, and although we must not reject technical and technological progress, it is important (and urgent) to get inspiration from their traditional lifestyles, perfectly rooted in their environment, in respect and in harmony with the natural elements.


Finally, their conceptions of the world, the figures of their mythology, their language, their tales and all that makes their imagination and constitute their societies are a source of inexhaustible reverie and a vital breath that jostles and nourishes our ideas.

I want to make these stories accessible and make them live. 

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©Marie Négré-Desurmont