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Alto Xingu: Message from Pirakuman Yawalapiti about Climate Change and Human Rights Situation in BrazilSunday, November 11th, 2012
translated by Earth Peoples (to read original in portuguese click here)
By Pirakuman Yawalapiti
Do you know that a tornado passed through my village? The wind destroyed 4 houses in the village. It broke all the trees that were around our village. A woman broke her leg, a guy almost broke his leg but thank god it wasn’t that serious. Lost quite a few things that were outside the home, aluminum pots, bowls, and other useful materials, they were taken by the wind. So I’m here in Sao Paulo to see if I can find and take something for those who lost their belongings. I lost my mini DV camcorder, and will see if it can be fixed. I think it will be expensive to repair it.
Folks, here in Brazil is a fight going on between indigenous peoples and the white; yesterday I received news of the Kaiabi people, they’re in trouble with the invasion of miners. The Indigenous Kaiabi tried to defend themselves, but the Federal Police shot at them, and killed one of the Indigenous, another one is hospitalized in Cuiabá.
The Police is killing Indigenous Peoples.
It is very sad and I am very outraged with this news. The Dilma government is not good for us Indigenous Peoples. The Dilma government is ending/finishing-off with Nature.
Alto Xingu, Brasil: Mensagem do Pirakuman Yawalapiti sobre Mudança do Clima e Situação dos Direitos HumanosSunday, November 11th, 2012
Por Pirakuman Yawalapiti
Sabia que tornado passou na minha aldeia? Pois o vento derrubou 4 casas na aldeia. Quebrou todas as arvores que estavam ao redor da aldeia. Uma mulher quebrou a perna, um rapaz quase quebrou a perna mas, graças Deus não ouve grave. Perdeu bastantes coisas que estava fora de casa, panela de aluminio, bacia, e outros materiais de uso, foram levados pelo vento. Por isso que estou aqui em Sao Paulo, para vesse consigo levar alguma coisa para quem perdeu material. Perdí minha camera mini DV filmadora, estou com ela aqui para vesse consigo arrumar. Eu acho que vai ficar caro para arrumar.Gente, aqui no Brasil está acontecendo uma briga de índio e branco; ontem recebi noticia dos povos Kaiabi, eles está com problema de invasão de garimpos. Os índios tentaram se defender, só que Delegado da Policia Federal atirou nos índios e matou uma e outro está internado em Cuiabá. Próprio policia matando índio. É muito triste e estou muito revoltado com esta noticia. Governo Dilma não é legal para o povos´Indígena. Governo Dilma está acabando com a Natureza.
This Audio-Visual Report was filmed by Rebecca Sommer in June 2012, at the Free Land Camp (Alternative space for Indigenous Peoples of Brazil) in the Peoples’ Summit during the UN Conference on Sustainable Development – Rio +20.
– Protest march and occupation of the headquarters of BNDES against the construction of Belo Monte Hydroelectric dam.
– Protest march in front of the Rio Centro (Place of the UN Conference in Rio +20) with the goal to deliver their Indigenous Free Land Camp Declaration.
– the struggle of the Brazilian Indigenous Peoples for the UN and the Brazilian Government to hear their grievances and demands, since most of them were almost excluded from the official discussion of the Rio+20 UN Conference. Several traditional leaders had no credentials to enter and participate in discussions in the UN event.
The traditional leaders were also disappointed by the indifference of the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights that had not responded to their request for a meeting with her during the Conference.
CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO
CLICK HERE TO READ THE DECLARATION
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.
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.
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.
To watch video interviews with Pirakuma Yawalapiti about this issue
WATCH VIDEO:Pira Yawalapiti 1(ENGLISH SUBTITLES)
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.
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.
“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.
“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.