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Cultural Survival was founded in 1972 by David and Pia Maybury-Lewis, Evon Zartman Vogt, and Orlando Patterson as a tax-exempt nongovernmental organization based in Cambridge, MA seeking to promote the human and political rights of the world's indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities. Since its first years, interns have played a significant role in the day-to-day operations of Cultural Survival. In 1979, the organization hired its first full-time staff member, Theodore (Ted) Macdonald, and soon afterward also added Jason Clay to its payroll. Together with a global personal network of anthropologists and ethnologists, Cultural Survival developed projects, a research program, and a series of publications, and worked to secure funding for programs supporting indigenous peoples and causes in the field. From its early years, Cultural Survival has also put on the Cultural Survival Bazaar, an annual or semi-annual festival designed to make indigenous art visible and give indigenous artisans a market for their work, for many years organized by Pia Maybury-Lewis. In more recent years, Bazaars have also served as a way for Cultural Survival to raise funds and increase awareness of its programs supporting indigenous issues.
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