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Posts by Antonio Peluso

Amazon fires jeopardize indigenous tribes living without contact with the world

Amazon fires jeopardize indigenous tribes living without contact with the world Article originally published in Revista Semana, September 18, 2019 https://sostenibilidad.semana.com/medio-ambiente/articulo/incendios-de-la-amazonia-ponen-en-riesgo-las-tribus-indigenas-sin-contacto-con-el-mundo/46772 Seventeen organizations called on the governments of the Amazon countries to stop the environmental debacle and protect the indigenous people in isolation. Nearly 70 uncontacted indigenous groups have already been confirmed in the Amazon,…

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Aluakumá, the Big Bat: Oral Histories in a Waurá Community

Oral Histories in a Waurá Community: In the village of Ulupuene, which partners with ACT, two elders and community leaders passed away: the regional “keeper of songs and dances,” Yakuana, who took with him a vast wealth of knowledge about Waurá cultural practices; and most recently, Aluakumá (“Big Bat”), a village elder, shaman, and healer. Both men were revered, and their kin expressed that they had lost more than just a loved one—they had lost an unrecoverable repository of cultural knowledge.

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