indigenes

variants also indigens
plural of indigene
as in natives
a member of the first people to inhabit a region the indigenes had not merely adapted to the harsh climate, but had in fact prospered in it

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“Indigenes.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/indigenes. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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