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Brazil: Why land demarcation matters to indigenous people

Published on: Thu Feb 26, 2015
Author: Felipe Garcia
Brazil: Why land demarcation matters to indigenous people

This article was first published in Portuguese at "Autodemarcação no Tapajós" blog. The so-called ‘demarcation’ (or marking out) of indigenous land is part of the administrative process in Brazil that leads to the official recognition of the territorial rights of indigenous populations. This process is conducted by the government, via FUNAI (the Brazilian government body that establishes and carries out policies relating to indigenous peoples) and the Ministry of Justice. The demarcation, which…

Brazilian Indians secure nationwide land victory

Published on: Thu Jan 22, 2015
Author: Survival International and APIB
Brazilian Indians secure nationwide land victory

Tribes across Brazil have secured a historic nationwide victory, preventing Congress from seizing control of the future of their lands. A proposal to change the constitution and give Congress power in the demarcation of indigenous territories has been shelved following months of vociferous protests by thousands of Indians, representing dozens of tribes. Dozens of Indians traveled to Brasilia and entered the Congress building to make their voices heard. Five were arrested during the protest, and…

The Amazon: Crowd-funding Campaign for Justice for the Munduruku

Published on: Wed Dec 10, 2014
Author: Nayana Fernandez
The Amazon: Crowd-funding Campaign for Justice for the Munduruku

The documentary film made by LAB editors Nayana Fernandez and Sue Branford has led directly to a crowd-funding initiative, to support the Munduruku Indians in defending their sacred territory in the Amazon Rainforest, and hence  their way of life. Here are the details. You can access the campaign to support or donate here. Help the Munduruku Indians on their struggle for respect of the Indigenous rights. You can read the proposal in Portuguese here.   The Brazilian government is embarking on…

FIRST OPEN LETTER ON THE SELF-PROCLAMATION OF DAJE KAPAP EYPI INDIGENOUS TERRITORY

Published on: Wed Nov 19, 2014
Author: Munduruku People from Sawré Muybu village, Brazilian Amazon Forest
FIRST OPEN LETTER ON THE SELF-PROCLAMATION OF DAJE KAPAP EYPI INDIGENOUS TERRITORY

[English translation follows] Photo by Larissa Saud Sawré Muybu Village, Brazil November 17, 2014 Our elders told us that the anteater is calm and quiet, keeping to itself and troubling no one – but that when it is threatened, its embrace and claws are deadly. This is our way: quiet, calm, like the anteater. But the government is disturbing our peace; the government is meddling with Mother Earth, our wife. Today, the 17th of November, marks three months since our meeting with the national…

Amazon Film Festival: Weaving Resistance with the Munduruku

Published on: Tue Jul 8, 2014
Author: Nayana Fernandez
Amazon Film Festival: Weaving Resistance with the Munduruku

The film is being previewed in London on Friday July 11, as part of the First Amazon Film Festival. In September 2013 LAB editors Sue Branford and Nayana Fernandez visited Jacareacanga on the Tapajós river where in June Munduruku Indians had briefly taken three scientists hostage, accusing the government of failing to consult the local population before carrying out 'biological' studies in preparation for building hydro-electric dams on the river. If built, the dams will have a huge impact on water…

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