The Kogi tribe, an indigenous people, choose their priests at birth and raise them in a dark cave for a decade to connect them to the earth.
Despite popular belief, El Dorado was not a legendary city of gold in South America, but a person. El Dorado was a tribal chief of the indigenous Muisca people, and the initiation rites to becoming chief included offering immense amounts of gold to their gods by throwing it into a holy lake, Lake Guatavita. The Conquistadores eventually found the lake and reclaimed the gold, meaning that every expedition which has set out to find the city of gold afterwards has been in vain, because the mythical riches of El Dorado have actually already been found.
The indigenous Ju’Hoansi people of southern Africa live in a more liberal society than most modern nations. Divorce is not stigmatized, homosexuality is not demonized, and sex is seen as natural and beautiful, not shameful or dirty. In addition, rape and other forms of sexual violence are practically unheard of due to complete gender equality.
Native Canadians were forcibly taken from their homes to attend cultural Reform Schools from 1840–1960. The last school closed in 1996.
In 1500s, Mapuche warrior Galvarino had both hands cut off as punishment for defying the Spanish. He returned home, raised an army and fought the Spanish with blades tied to the stubs of his arms.
The US used Navajo Indians & their language as code for radio transmissions in WWII.