As you will know, Terra Madre 2010 will have a special focus on indigenous peoples. Speeches at the opening ceremony will be spoken in native languages by representatives from some of the most significant indigenous communities in the world. In this way we hope to direct public and media attention on the multiplicity and variety of their languages and cultures, the precious diversity—including biodiversity—and knowledge they uphold. Slow Food is determined to support and defend these values because they involve sustainable lifestyles which are closely linked to nature and respect its resources.
Many representatives of indigenous peoples will be present at Terra Madre. They range from the Sami of Northern Europe and Berbers of North Africa to the Maori of New Zealand and Mapuche of Chile, from the Guarani or Sateré-Mawé of Brazil and Seri of Mexico to the Peul and Konso of Africa.