VIDEO: Brazil: Indigenous Peoples from Xingu Park call for help! Dams + Soya Plantations

The Nacional Parque Xingu, located in the state of Mato Grosso was the first “indigenous reservation”, that was created on April 14, 1961 thanks to the Villas-Bôas brothers campaign, in Brazil.

Kwaryp, Xingu Park -  PHOTO © REBECCA SOMMER

Kwaryp, Xingu Park - PHOTO © REBECCA SOMMER

To this day the 14 indigenous nations living within the 2,642,003 ha large indigenous territory (TI) are remembering the Villas-Bôas brothers in their Kwaryp, a ceremony that is held throughout the Parque Xingu, that is honoring those that passed away.

The Kamayurá, Kaiabi, Yudjá, Aweti, Mehinako, Wauja, Yawalapiti, Ikpeng, Kalapalo, Kuikuro, Matipu , Nahukwá, Suyá and Trumai are under increasing pressure, and called EarthPeoples to inform the world that they need help and intervention by the international community.

Village in Xingu Park -  PHOTO © REBECCA SOMMER

Village in Xingu Park - PHOTO © REBECCA SOMMER

If you look at a map, the Xingu Park is a green oasis, encircled by a dessert of soya plantations.

The fertilizers used in these mega-plantations are washing into the birthplace of the Xingu River, home to many more indigenous populations living alongside the River, including those that desperately try to halt the construction of the Belo Monte dam, where the Xingu River will be blocked in the Big Bend, and re-routed, before the Xingu waters enter into the Amazon River.

“When we see dead crocodiles in our rivers, that feed into the Xingu river, than we know it rained where our rivers are born, that the poison, the fertilizers from the soya plantations flushed into the water.” Said Pirakuma Yawalapiti.

Pirakuma's grandchild - PHOTO © REBECCA SOMMER

Pirakuma's grandchild - PHOTO © REBECCA SOMMER

To watch video interviews with Pirakuma Yawalapiti about this issue


At the Culuene, Tua Tuarí and other River’s that build the watershed area that ultimately become the Xingu River, are the food source for the indigenous populations of the Park Xingu, a “small-scale dam rush” is taking place, conducted by non-indigenous, large-scale land owners and companies.

The Government of Brazil doesn’t seem to care and ignores the numerous complaint letters, of the people living in the Xingu Park.

“The small-scale dams are popping up everywhere, and our rivers are sometimes so muddy that we can’t even see the fish anymore. Also, the river has less and less water, the white people are blocking and poisoning our river’s, and threaten our very existence” said chief Aritana Yawalapiti. “We want the world, the UN, to help us protect the watershed area that is located outside of the Xingu Park” He added.

Chief Aritana Yawalapiti filmed by Rebecca Sommer © EARTHPEOPLES

Chief Aritana Yawalapiti filmed by Rebecca Sommer © EARTHPEOPLES

To watch videos with chief Aritana explaining the problem of the dams filmed by Rebecca Sommer for EarthPeoples two years ago (now the issue is much worse!):


“I can’t sleep anymore, I worry about the future of my people, our future generations. Water is life for us. But they kill our waters, and they kill us as well” said Nikumalu Yawalapiti. “How can we wash ourselves, drink the water, and eat the fish, if it is all poisoned?” she added.

Nikumalu Yawalapiti (Photo © REBECCA SOMMER)

Nikumalu Yawalapiti (Photo © REBECCA SOMMER)

“The worse government for indigenous peoples is the one under Lula and Delma. They are ruthless. They have no heart. They are not humans.” said Pirakuma Yawalapit yesterday.


Nikumalu Yawalapiti (ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

“It seems to me, that they want us,  the original people of this land, to vanish,  to be out of their way, but we won’t let that happen.” Nikumalu Yawalapiti added.

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