Tashka and Laura Yawanawá: The Amazon belongs to humanity -- let's protect it together
Chief Tashka Yawanawá and Laura Yawanawá represent the critical perspective often missed in the discussions about the future of indigenous people in Brazil: that of the indigenous people themselves. Full bio
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to the spirit of the rainforest.
to the whole of humanity.
many of you know
just the indigenous people,
if I burn everything,
comes to my country.
to the global village.
as the indigenous do in the world.
with our hearts crying.
are being destroyed.
humanity two options.
to destroy and exterminate
our cultures that go with it.
into an opportunity
and their cultures.
we created a life plan,
of how we want to secure our territory.
200,000 hectares of rainforest.
for us to secure our land,
all civil society,
for many, many ... for centuries.
to scream to the world
our territory, our nature.
that I would love to leave to you.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERTashka and Laura Yawanawá - Leaders of the Yawanawá
Chief Tashka Yawanawá and Laura Yawanawá represent the critical perspective often missed in the discussions about the future of indigenous people in Brazil: that of the indigenous people themselves.
Why you should listen
For Tashka and Laura Yawanawá, leaders of the Yawanawá people living in the Acre region of Brazil, engagement with the world begins with his people’s right to self-determination and self-worth.
The son of a former leader of the Yawanawá, as a boy Tashka witnessed the near annihilation of his culture by the New Tribes Mission and by the pressure of economic interests. He studied in the United States and visited other indigenous communities. With other tribal leaders in the Amazon, he is working to restore dignity, identity and a sustainable economic future to indigenous populations, founded on their own values, culture and definition of prosperity.
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