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KAYAPO COURAGE: “The Amazon tribe has beaten back ranchers and gold miners and famously stopped a dam. Now its leaders must fight again or risk losing a way of life.” ~ Chip Brown.  photography by Martin Schoeller - full story & gallery via National Geographic (January 2014)

  • “YNHIRE expresses his identity as a warrior with a headdress of parrot feathers.”
  • “BEPRO wears the beads and cotton-wrapped earrings that boys receive as part of their naming ceremony.”
  • “ROPNI, an internationally known chief, is one of the few Kayapo who still wear the mahogany lip plate.”
  • “PHNH-OTI has an inverted V shaved into her scalp, a ceremonial female practice.”
  • “BEPRAN-TI wears an impressive display of feathers for his betrothal ceremony, a Kayapo rite of passage.”
  • “MEKARON-TI, the great chief, speaks Portuguese and is a powerful advocate for his people.”

“Oreru nhamandú tupã oreru” (our fathers are the sun and the thunder). 

Here I want to talk about something that gets me sad; 
How the brazilian indian tribes are forgotten. 

In 1500 Brazil was discovered by the expedition of Pedro Alvares Cabral and since then our natives have been killed and since then almost nobody cares. It’s estimated that when Cabral discovered Brazil there was 4 or 5 millions of natives, and now, as FUNAI researchers said, there is only 460 thousand natives living in villages (specially in Amazonia). And we don’t know about them, they don’t teach very much about them in school. They expose facts about them like the canibalism of some tribes and how they interacted with portugueses. They are forgotten, underestimated, thrown under the bus. 

Please, remember the brazilian native tribes. Remember the indigenas. Their language. Their people. And how they were brutally killed through all these years. 

I want the world to see them. They deserve it. 

Suicide Epidemic Among Native Tribe

The Guarani-Kaiowá, one of the largest tribes in Brazil, suffers from one of the highest rates of suicide in the world. From 1986-1997, there were 244 deaths due to suicide among the Guarani-Kaiowá and the number has only tripled in the last decade. From 2000-2013, there were 684 suicide cases. On average, every 6 days a Guarani person commits suicide. The majority of victims are youth between 15 and 30 years old. Brazil’s overall indigenous people are taking their lives at a rate 22 times that of non-indigenous in the country.

The suicides among the tribe began among the first generation to grow up on reservations. For decades, most of the Guarani managed to stay away from the reserves and kept to the forests. But by the 1970s, the last swaths of forest were being cut down and the government drove the Guarani off their land and into small reserves. For example, the Dourados reserve, roughly 13 square miles houses approximately 16,000 Indians. The relocation was, by all accounts, a catastrophe because they were people used to ranging over large distances, suddenly denied access to their traditional means of supporting themselves.

Suicide has been one of the tribes biggest killers in the past 10 years, with children as young as 9 taking their own life. “WE HAVE NO SPACE” says Guarani leader. They have lost most of their land to cattle ranchers and sugar-cane plantations and their leaders are regularly attacked and assassinated so because of that, the tribe is forced to live in dangerous squalid conditions by the roadside or in overcrowded reserves where alcoholism, poor health, violence, depression and suicide are rife.

One Guarani man said “There’s no future, there’s no respect, there are no jobs and there is no land where we can plant and live. They choose to die because actually, they are already dead inside”. Native people’s relationship with their ancestral land is spiritual, it’s steeped in tradition and key to their identity - without it they lose a vital part of who they are and feel broken.

“Many children are suffering” said a Guarani health agent. “I want the children to be as they were before, when all was OK”. Before was when the Guarani hunted freely on their homelands and planted manioc and corn in their gardens. It was before their lands were stolen from them, when they were in control of their lives and free.

The Unseen Museum: Ka’apor Necklace

This necklace (tukaniwar) was worn by women of the Ka’apor tribe of eastern Brazil for the Ta’i Rupi Taha name-giving ceremony. The museum’s collections include beautiful feather work from the Amazon Basin of South America. The Ka’apor are particularly adept at working with small feathers.

The yellow feathers on the cord are from the breast of the channel-billed toucan (Ramphastos vitellinus ariel); they are twined to a tiny thread, which is lashed to the larger cord. The pendants are made of turquoise blue breast feathers and purple throat feathers from the spangled cotinga (Cotinga cayana) and black feathers from the white-tailed cotinga (Xipholena lamellipennis). The cotinga feathers are stuck to cut scarlet macaw (Ara macao) tail feathers with sap from the macarandua tree (Manilkara huberi).

Deb Harding is a collection manager in Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Section of Anthropology. She frequently blogs and shares pieces of the museum’s hidden anthropology collection, which is home to over 100,000 ethnological and historical specimens and 1.5 million archaeological artifacts.
Uncontacted Tribe Allegedly Killed By Gold Miners In Brazil

(Ho New / Reuters)At least 10 members of an uncontacted tribe in Brazils Amazon Basin were allegedly killed last month by illegal gold miners, according to Survival International.
At least 10 members of a tribe in this region were allegedly killed by gold miners last month.
Members of an uncontacted tribe in Brazil’s Amazon Basin were photographed by air in 2008.
It was crude bar talk, Leila Silvia Burger Sotto-Maior, Funais coordinator for uncontacted and recently contacted tribes, told the Times.
According to Stephen Corry, Survival Internationals director:The slashing of Funais funds has left dozens of uncontacted tribes defenseless against thousands of invaders gold miners, ranchers and loggers who are desperate to steal and ransack their lands.

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Posted at Tue Sep 12 16:00:08 2017