Amazonian shaman fights for our planet

2014-May-28   ::   (0 comments)

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Davi Kopenawa

Davi Kopenawa and Survival International were at the forefront of the international campaign to demarcate the Yanomami territory following a devastating influx of gold-miners on their land during the 1980s, which led to the death of one fifth of Brazil’s Yanomami through diseases and violence. As a result of the campaign, the Yanomami territory was officially recognized in 1992.

Davi has emphasized that indigenous peoples are often the best guardians of their land. He said, ‘You have schools, but we know how to look after the forest. It is very important for the governments of the world to listen to us, the indigenous people who have lived on the planet for thousands of years.’

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