As part of the Art for Impact cultural event series, the Intalcon Foundation is showing works by German photographer Markus Mauthe on the theme of "Indigenous Peoples."

Markus Mauthe has set out in search of the world's last indigenous peoples.  For three years he was on the road in the most diverse countries of the world. In West Papua, Namibia, Myanmar, Brazil, Russia or Ethiopia. Always on the lookout for people from small ethnic groups originally living far away from civilization, to whom civilization is moving increasingly close - and thus changing their lives forever.

White people can't destroy our home, because if they do, it won't end well for the whole world.
Davi KopenaWa


The loss of biodiversity will have similarly catastrophic consequences as climate change - warned the president of the UN World Biodiversity Council Robert. About one million animal and plant species are threatened with extinction. No insects means no pollination. No pollination means no food. A chain reaction that ultimately affects the last link in the chain - all of us. This makes understanding and respect for the indigenous population all the more important.

Indians in the Amazon are the guardians of the forest. Their way of cultivating crops, for example, helps to increase natural diversity. Scientific results show that more plants and also more plant species grow around their settlements than in the uninhabited parts. The Aluku of French Guyana distinguish 90 varieties of cassava, and their neighbors, the Wayana, cultivate 28 species and 129 varieties. This diversity - rather than monoculture - helps protect our own (over)lives.


  • According to the United Nations, some 370 million people worldwide are considered indigenous
  • There are approximately 5,000 of these populations worldwide
  • Indigenous knowledge of food and medicinal plants supports medicine production
  • 80 percent of the world's biodiversity is found in indigenous habitats
  • Indigenous people live on about 25% of the land area of our planet. Among them are particularly intact and biodiverse ecosystems
  • Over 90% of indigenous territories are in good condition

Living in harmony with nature is the declared vision of the United Nations. Targets are set to help achieve ten milestones by 2030, thereby promoting the conservation and protection of at least 30 percent of the Earth's land and oceans (see "Global Biodiversity Framework" under "Further Knowledge" below).

aBOUT Markus Mauthe

Markus grew up in a family of photographers on Lake Constance. He was born in 1969 and visited Africa for the first time when he was 17. At 20, he crossed New Zealand by mountain bike. As a trained industrial and advertising photographer, he started his own business as early as 1991. He worked for Greenpeace for 20 years and gives up to 120 lectures a year.

In the meantime, he has traveled to more than 80 countries, in some cases several times, and photographed them. For his project "Lost - At the edges of the world", only a small part of the results of which can be seen here, he spent three years on 13 trips visiting and portraying 22 indigenous peoples in remote regions.

Note: The texts used on this page are partly taken from the book "Lost - An den Rändern der Welt" and are subject to copyright protection. Copyright © 2018 Markus Mauthe/Florens Eckert, Knesebeck Verlag.

If you travel the world with your eyes open, you can't miss the problems, and if you travel with your heart, you can't not care about them.
markus mauthe

Markus is the founder of AMAP (Almada Mata Atlântica Project), a non-profit conservation organization working to preserve and expand the already highly fragmented Mata Atlântica rainforest on the east coast of Brazil.
Brazil is his second home. There he runs an organic cocoa farm on 400 hectares with his wife and two children. And if you want to meet him in person, we recommend the over 160-year-old, original colonial-style guest house there; you can see it at


At the edges of the world.

"The film shows how civilization has made its way to the far corners of this world. It raises complex questions and doesn't pretend to know the answers itself." (Badische Zeitung).

"A calmly delivered lesson in sustainability that makes the viewer aware that with the loss of these tribes, invaluable knowledge is also lost." (Weser-Kurier)

Global Report of the World Biodiversity Council IPBES 2019.

This global assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services was conducted by about 150 selected experts from all regions of the world, including 16 young scientists, supported by 350 authors. More than 15,000 scientific publications, as well as extensive indigenous and local knowledge, were analyzed.

Global Biodiversity Framework of the United Nations

By 2030, global action should be taken to conserve and protect nature and its essential services to humans.


Under the title "Art for Impact", the Intalcon Foundation makes its website available to ambitious visual artists as a platform for exhibitions. Especially in times of pandemic, too many doors remain closed to culture. Here, the Foundation wants to be supportive on the one hand, and at the same time use art as an effective means and form of expression for environmentally and socially critical messages. For this reason, the artists selected by the Intalcon Foundation always have a connection to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. They use the language of art to attract attention and to stimulate reflection.

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