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Brazil’s Indigenous Imbira People: The Earth, Life and Water are Life, Not Money

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“We indigenous communities are saying, look at the sky, it’s changing, the sun is changing, the rain is changing”, says Davi Kopenawa Yanomami, president of Hutukara Yanomami Association (HAY), a Brazilian partner of the UK based NGO, CAFOD.

In this video, produced by CAFOD as part of its indigenous programme, Davi Kopenawa Yanomami discusses how issues such as deforestation and climate change are affecting the Yanomami and Ye’Kuana indigenous people within the Indigenous Yanomami Territory. This is based between Roraima and Amazonas states, in north Brazil, where approximately 17,000 Yanomami live in around 300 communities. HAY is working to ensure that public policies relating to education, health, indigenous rights, land and environmental protection respond to the demands of the people that inhabit the Yanomami Indigenous Territory, so that these policies take into consideration the effects of climate change.

The environmental issues addressed by Davi Kopenawa Yanomami in this video are also heavily affecting other indigenous people in Brazil, including the Timbira indigenous people, based in the states of Pará, Maranhão and Tocatins in north and north east Brazil. The NGO Indigenist Working Centre (CTI) project entitled: ‘Timbira People: working to land management’ has been addressing these issues.

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