5 Unique Minority Peoples You’ve Never Heard Of
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5 Unique Minority Peoples You’ve Never Heard Of


There are minority populations
living across the globe. Often times, they are incredible unique, even though they might be in plain view. So in order to lead you down
the path of discovery, We bring you 5 unique minorities
you’ve never heard of. Many people might believe
the Basque people to be just a subset of the larger French and Spanish
populations they are surrounded by. But nothing could be further from the truth. The reality is,
that the Basque people who live in what is called Basque Country, nestled between France and Spain, are truly unique. The Basque people have retained
distinctive genetic markers that separate them
from the surrounding populations. And perhaps more importantly, they speak a language unrelated
to any other known language in the world. (speaks Basque) The Basque are thought to be
a hold-over from a previous era, before the more populous
and numerous Indo-europeans overran Europe. This unique identity has sometimes
been a problem for the Basque as in the past, organizations such as the ETA, which stands for
Euskadi Ta Askatasuna, or “Basque Country & Freedom”, would sometimes resort to violence
and terrorism to get their way, seeking a seperate nation state
for the Basque people. Things have calmed down a bit
in the last few decades. And more importantly, the Basque have left their legacy
on other things as well. For example, the Spanish word for “left” is “Izquierda”,
and is ultimately derived from the Basque language. The Ainu are a nearly forgotten people living primarily on the northern island
of Hokkaido in Japan. They’re thought to be first
inhabitants of the island, though their ultimate history
has been lost to time. They appear physically distinct
from the Japanese in the sense that,
though being Asian genetically, they appear almost European looking, and their culture remains distinct
from Japanese culture as well. The Ainu have always been
hunter-gatherers, hunting the abundance of gain
that was formerly present on the island of Hokkaido. However, over time, through a process of culturual assimilation, and pressure from the
majority Japanese population, much of Ainu culture has disappeared, including the unique language,
which has fewer than 100 speakers left. (speaks Ainu) The reality is,
that the legacy of the Ainu is largely gone,
and has only been preserved in things such as music and traditional art. Like many ancient peoples of the world, the transition from tradition
to modernity has not been kind to the Ainu. The Sami are an indigenous
Finno-Ugric people inhabiting the northernmost parts
of Scandinavia, and parts of northwestern Russia. Although their language is
distantly related to Finnish, the traditions of the Sami,
as well as their cultural practices, remain distinct from those
of their Finnish and Scandinavian neighbors. Like many indigenous peoples, the Sami have struggled
to maintain their way of life, while at the same time, attempting to cope
with the modern reality of Scandinavian culture. Norway in particular,
has been criticized internationally, for the forced “Norwegianisation”
of the Sami people, in an effort to assimilate the Sami
into a monolithic Norwegian culture. Sami are traditional reindeer herders, and receive almost all they need from the reindeer, ranging from meet to fur, and beyond. Traditional garb tends to be colorful red and blue, and designed to keep the wearer warm
in the Arctic climate the Sami hail from. Unlike the Ainu, though the Sami are minority, they have been able to persist
inkling to their ancient heritage. In part, because of the more
accomodating nature of their majority population neighbors, compared to the Japanese,
in places such as Sweden and Finland. The Kashubians are a minority population
within Poland with their own distinct traditions,
language and sense of identity. Most famously, the current president
of the European Council, Donald Tusk, is a Kashubian. Historically, the Kashubians have struggled
to maintain their own identity, next to a competing majority Polish culture, and have had mixed results. During the World War II and Communist era, they were distrusted
by both the Nazis and the Poles and were often considered disloyal, to whatever the political flavor
of the time had been, be it national socialism
or communism. Fortunately for the Kashubians,
in recent years, they’ve had more success
in garnering cultural recognition. As the language is the only regional language
recognized in Poland, besides Polish. And people tend to be more
open than in former years. The Yakuts are a large tribe of people native to the Sakha Republic
of Russia, or Yakutia, far to the north and east
of what many traditionally think of when they think of Russia. The Yakuts speak a Turkic language distantly related to the Turkish
and Uzbek languages, but that is where the similarites end. Having been geographically
isolated for millennia, the Yakuts have adapted
to the climate of the region. Appearance-wise,
many appear distinctly East Asian. And traditionally, the Yakuts engage either in semi-nomadic hunter-gathering
in the more northern parts of the Sakha Republic. Or animal husbandry
in the more southern parts. Unlike many of the other people spoken of, the Yakuts have their own
region to themselves. And though they retain
their language and culture, the vast majority are bilingual
in both Yakut and Russian, since Russian is required
for job and educational purposes, in addition to having been essential in the Soviet Union’s communist
indoctrination process. Strikingly, Yakutia also has the honor of hosting the coldest city in the world. Which is Oymyakon,
where the temperatures can drop to a startling -50 Celsius,
or -58 Fahrenheit. This might seem intolerable to you,
but to the Yakuts, it’s just part of everyday life in Siberia. For more top lists just like this, be sure to leave a like and subscribe
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100 Comments

  • China Rodriguez

    Yakut women remind me of Native Americans.. probably because the first peoples that crossed the ice bridge connecting Canada and Alaska were Yakuts themselves. Hmm. Something to think about.

  • vickie thomas

    Sad how I read so much negativity ~ complaining, I know more than you, so pulled into only negative and Cruelty, why comment ~

  • vickie thomas

    People don’t understand it’s ok to just move on and find something you enjoy listening to ~ to be happy and thankful ~

  • ese.hombre

    We lived in Buckeye Arizona. I was a kid and maybe later a teenager. My parents had a Basque friend that would stop to visit from time to time. His name was Celestino. He spoke Spanish like we did. My parents and Celestino after awhile would go into some language I didn't understand. A few words hear and there I recognized but that's about it. My parents are from Los Ranchos just outside Albuquerque, New Mexico. I'm 61 now. Now there is a small community in Northern New Mexico that still speaks a form of Basque that has been gone for sometime. I don't think my parents were Basque thou. They never mentioned if we were or not. I remember as a kid meeting my relatives in Albuquerque. They never mentioned it either. Everyone spoke Spanish.

  • Cihat Yalman

    TURKEY KAZAKHSTAN KIRGISİZTAN TÜRKMENİSTAN AZERBAYCAN TATARSTAN BAŞKIRDİSTAN ALTAY NOGAY AHISKA GAGAUZ SOR SALAR KARAKALPAK KARAÇAY BALKAR KABARDIN HAKAS TUVA YAKUT SAHA ÇUVAŞ ÖZBEKİSTAN UYGUR KIPÇAK PEÇENEK KUMUK AVAR BULGARS HUNGARY MONGOLS ARE ORIGIN OF GREAT TURKISH FAMILIE. WE HAVE SAME BLOOD LANGUAGE RELIGIA. u NAS YAZIK RELIGIA KROYF ADNA. BIZIM TILIMIZ TINIMIZ KANIMIZ ATAMIZ BIR. 💪💪💪💪🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘

  • Blias Treb

    My family hosted a student from Finland some years ago. She stated the Sami were a major influence and a yearly visit esp in winter was traditional for many families

  • Mary Peters

    @angela roquemaure: my grand parents were Assyrians from Ourmiah (north west Iran); they survived the 1915 genocide and went into exile. The language is called syriac, and has not disappeared. There are Assyrians in Chicago, California, Sweden, France and many other places.

  • Not normal but trash

    5 Unique Minorities You’ve Never Heard Of
    Literally a list of popular minorities most of us heard of

  • Chaebol Chaebolski

    Good joke… minorities you have never heard of… exept from the kashubians all minorities from that video are well known…

  • khan elias

    Unique traditions, culture and religion the rare tribe belong from the kalash valley chitral pakistan…. their beauty is unique and the world peaceful tribe …..

  • Kalevipoeg

    Lists Sami people as living in "northernmost Scandinavia and parts of Russia"
    Shows Finland as part of the area they live
    FINLAND IS NOT PART OF SCANDINAVIA.
    Also, yes I have heard of the Yakut people – that was one of the results of my mother's 23andme test. We are Estonian and some other things so the Yakut DNA likely came with the ancestral speakers of the Uralic language that migrated from Siberia into Estonia and Finland (which is why Estonian and Finnish are unrelated to other European languages aside from possibly Hungarian and minority languages like the Sami language).

  • Sleekoduck

    And the Basques and the Sami are both part of the same genetic group as the Welsh and Irish. I'd say wow me with your common knowledge, but you didn't do enough research to earn that snarky remark.

  • Skip Burst Channel

    The ainu people are desended from the jomon that moved from taiwan and what is now russia and 20 millenium later the yayoi people come about with pottery and that is when they got the cqucasian skin from and the later the ainu came around.

  • zondaintheair

    There is a race all over the world who are actually the majority but treated like a minority and they are the poor. You Government is responsible.

  • Little Helper

    How not funny! In parallel with only caring about the democracy in the oil-rich countries, recently the "good people" began caring for the fate of minorities only when they inhabit large autonomous territories!

  • Gods Klanof

    Who don't know about the Basques?? The Basques throwing bombs everywhere and they are always on the tv, long before the al-qaida. So, please don't lie. I was in Yakutia. Are you a joker? Next time talk about Nanai-people or Nanaitsi

  • mark carey

    I've heard of all of them because I have access to Youtube.
    And then in the sidebar is a vid "Who are the Nilotes?" Who's heard of the Nilotes?

  • Aline Cardoso

    Where's pomeranian people? They were people from Germany and Poland but they were driven out of there and Today they are living in Brazil and preserve the pomeranian language

  • John miller

    THE UGLIEST OF THEM ALL ARE THE ISLAMOFASCIST TURKS. THEY HAVE KILLED MORE CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS ALIKE. EVEN TO THIS PRESEND DAY THE GOOD MUSLIM TURKS, DENY THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE. THIS EVIL CULTURE OF DENIAL HAS TO GO FROM THE FACE OF THE WORLD. THEY ARE MANY WAYS TO BLEED THEM. ONE WAY IS TO DENY THE RIGHT TO COME TO GREAT COUNTRIES, LIKE CANADA, AND USA. LET THE RATS, STAY IN THEIR HATE AND INTOLERANCE. COMPUTER EXPERTS, RELAY THIS MESSAGE ALL OVER THE INTERNET. REMEMBER TO BOYCOTT ALL TURKISH PRODUCTS ANS SERVICES. THANK YOU.

  • Romello Hodge

    All this happened because of forced race mixing,political ideologies,and multiculturalism-the destruction of one's people,environment/mother nature,and culture.

  • Sam Wilt

    This list was a dumb list they a many more rare people In the world that this list. What about the original people of Asia the Africans known as Mani of Thailand or Aeta tribe of the Philippines. The Dogon tribe of West Africa, The south Americans tribes like the warao or the African Siddis tribe in india, to the Huli wigmen in Papua New Guinea. That's was some European propaganda😬

  • Bill Smlth

    Blacks sold more slaves than anyone!!! They 1st sold slaves to the Arabs then the Arabs sold to everyone else! Blacks and Arabs (Islamists) STILL SELL SLAVES  >T  O  D  A  Y< ! RIGHT THIS VERY SECOND!!! More whites ARE and were slaves than blacks. Instead of whining and cry babying all the time why not do like the organizations that are freeing slaves NOW. BTW TODAY'S slaves re treated FAR WORSE than any in America

  • Allan Stevenson

    I've heard of all of them. There are many more obscure peoples. Tha Ainu are extinct as a racially and culturally pure people and it was nice to see Ainu ladies with the old traditional lip tattoos even if the pictures are about 150 years old.
    By the way have you heard of the black Russians who live around the black sea? They are descendants of black slaves brought there by the Ottoman Empire who controlled that area until the 1870s.

  • Poo Dog

    People don’t listen to this men he is a clone past sins don’t asct me asct god .native Americans are the only original people u can call them apaches Cherokee aztecs wat Eva u want butt at the end they are the first people n last

  • Dondup Sherab

    Part 2:
    – Apatani (Arunachal Pradesh, India)
    – Brokpa (Bhutan)
    – Chin people (Myanmar)
    – Batak people (Palawan, Philippines)
    -: Jarawa (Andaman, India)

  • Pat Downs

    There are at least 36 ethnic groups in the Caucasus. Most of which are known only to the people in region. None of them are mentioned here.

  • Robin Louie

    My people the Ktunaxa are a language isolate located right here in North America. We are a language isolate and have unique cultural and spiritual practices. Once we were over 200,000 now we are down to 2,000 with only 35 speakers left. My group is an even a little more unique and only accounts for 301 of that 2,000. We only have 11 speakers of my dialect left all members of my family. We are also the last family who can still make our unique sturgeon nose canoes, flat bows

  • Knut Henrik Sommer

    The norwegianisation was ended in the 70s. Now Sami language is one of Norways official languages, some places in the north even the first language in schools and administration and they have their own parlament (consultary) included in the constitution. I would maybe focus on the situation for the Sami in Russia in stead. There is oc a bit to go in Norway for latent prejudice against Sami, especially among norwegianised samis in the north of Norway and people of mixed origin in the same area. Norway is going to great lengths to fulfill the ILO convention. The raindeer-herding samis are well protected, it is more problematic with the majority of samis who traditionally lived from fishing at the coast and in the rivers.

  • Umberto Bombace

    I would add also: Burusho people,that speak an isolated language (burushaski) and have their own culture and traditions. They live in Pakistan. I would add also the Ket people, speaking probably the last yeniseian language, since the other yeniseian, the Yugh, is probability extinct (spoken just by 19 people in 2002, and just few of them were native). It is interesting to notice the northeastern Caucasian and northwestern Caucasian languages (apparently not related each other).

  • Pegasus

    China needs to educate the English countries and show the culture and show them a real president etc. Greece tried and look at what the barbarians do? The British Plundered our Greek Parthenon Marbles and invade us and the United States robs our businesses and allows Turkey to invade Cyprus. The United States and Britain call themselves the western world haha The United States and Britain act nothing like the western world they are barbarians, indeed.

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