Who are the Indigenous Peoples of Nepal?
Indigenous Peoples of Nepal are officially described as Indigenous Nationalities (Adivasi Janajati). They make up for 35.81 percent of the country's total population (approximately 8.5 million out of the 26 million Nepalese). But, Indigenous People's Organizations claim that their population could be as high as 50 percent of the country's population. Despite constituting such a significant portion of the population, indigenous peoples have been marginalized in terms of language, culture, and political as well economic opportunities throughout history.