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


“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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Unfortunately, the Yanomami may be caught in a huge geopolitical scheme being prepared by the U.S. and Britain, to edge the Serra da Raposa Reservation towards an "autonomy" under "international protection": This is the opinion of national security experts in Brazil who believe to have been alerted to the scheme since a couple decades. The Yanomami areas are in Brazil's Roraima State and in bordering Venezuela and Guyana. The former Director of Combined Intelligence in Brazil's "Amazonia" Zone (combined intelligence of Military, Federal Police, and ABIN/Brazil's National Intelligence Agency) Col. ret. Gelio Fregapani, writes frequently about this scheme in his commentaries which appear in the inofficial military blog DEFESANET, and continue permanently in his blog "Arco de Fronteiras". The legendary indigenists and athropologists, the Vila Boas brothers warned about the U.S. and British scheme a generation ago. A similar scheme is in operation towards a "Guarani autonomy" separated out of bordering areas of Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina. Both schemes are considered U.S. intentions to introduce more U.S. control in South America. As soon as Brazil made a huge off-shore oil discovery in the South Atlantic in 2008, the U.S. suddenly re-actived, in 2008, the U.S. 4th Fleet (South America Fleet) which had been de-actived after WW2 in 1946 !!! And in 2008 the "Latin America command" - U.S. Southcom was establisched und U.S. military bases in Colombia were initiated. The result is, that popular opinion in most of South America has become hostile towards all "foreign" interventions - not only "military and security partnerships", but also "foreign" NGOs in "Environment" and "Minority rights" - which are considered "undercover" subversive operations. Brazil's ABIN (National Intelligence Agency) made an analysis and list of "foreign" NGOs which are generating the international media campaign against the Belo Monte hydro-electric dam. The document was "leaked" and appeared in a number of publications, among which search "buscar" window of CONVERSA AFIADA, search CONVERSA AFIADA julho 5.2011 (On the list: "Clinton Global Initiatives"...)