Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, 17th Century
Native to a specific area
Innate or inherent
Examples of Indigenous in a sentence
"Respect for indigenous cultures is essential for helping preserve the rich history of the people who came before us."
"The indigenous birds of the Amazon have colorful plumage and fascinating behaviors not found anywhere else on Earth."
Popularity Over Time
The world's indigenous peoples represent a vast array of cultural diversity and ancient history. In fact, historians and DNA scientists now believe that Aboriginal Australians represent the world's oldest civilization, stretching as far back as 50,000 years into the past.
Did you Know?
In recent years, the U.S. has seen a growing movement to convert Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day, as a way to recognize our nation’s original residents rather than the person sometimes credited with erasing them from history. As of 2019, seven states officially celebrate Indigenous People’s Day (or something similar), along with many cities and local jurisdictions.