Original Caretakers


Indigenous traditions hold important knowledge for the challenge posed by our ecological crisis.

Our Original Caretakers Program supports the work of wisdom keepers from Indigenous traditions. The vast majority of what remains of the world’s biodiversity is in the hands of Indigenous peoples, and their lifeways are under constant assault and threat. CEE supports Indigenous rights to self-determination and is committed to making sure Indigenous voices are heard and heeded in the necessary reorientation of our attitudes towards nature and creation of a new economic development paradigm.

Meet the team



Meet Mindahi Crescencio Bastida Muñoz

Mindahi is CEE’s Director of Original Caretakers, General Coordinator of the Otomi-Hñahñu Regional Council in Mexico, and an Otomi Ritual Ceremony Officer since 1988.
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From the blog

Miradas Contemporáneas de los Pueblos Originarios en México: Contemporary views of native peoples in Mexico

Contemporary Views of Indigenous Peoples in Mexico summarizes a broad discussion on the role of native groups in Mexico and the condition of ethnic groups throughout the national territory. For hundreds of years, indigenous and Afro-descendant peoples have been excluded from the central development of Mexico, and to a greater… Read more

Indigenous leaders mobilize in Paris to recognize the rights of “Mother Earth”

biodiversity By  Laurence Dequay Posted on 24/10/2019 at 10:40 Originally published en Français at Marianne.net Invited by the Amazon Planet Association, Amazonian, Mexican, and Maasai spiritual leaders, people who have been protecting biodiversity for thousands of years, come together to convince world leaders and civil society to treat “Mother Earth” as… Read more