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Friday, July 24, 2009

Fears That Amazon Tribes Won’t Be Heard

XINGU NATIONAL PARK, Brazil — "As the naked, painted young men of the Kamayurá tribe prepare for the ritualized war games of a festival, their haunting fireside chant ends with a blowing “whoosh, whoosh” sound, a symbolic attempt to eliminate the scent of fish so they will not be detected by enemies."

"For centuries, fish from jungle lakes and rivers have been a staple of the Kamayurá diet, the tribe’s primary source of protein."

"But fish smells are not a problem for the warriors anymore. Deforestation and, some scientists contend, global climate change are making the Amazon region drier and hotter, decimating fish stocks and imperiling the very existence of the Kamayurá. Like other small indigenous cultures around the world with little money or capacity to move, they are struggling to adapt to the changes."

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I wonder how many people have empathy for the Kamayura tribe and their way of life? Since when do some people have the right to disrupt the way of life of others, who want to live a certain way? How can anyone call this circumstance progress, when the way of life of a group of people which has been a certain way for a long period of time might be forever taken away from them?

According to some research I have done on the Kamayura:

(a) "There are only 370 Kamayuras and they speak a language in the Tupi family. The Kamayura live in the Upper Xingu River region on Mawaiaka Lake near the Suya and Juruna (Yudja) tribes. Despite speaking a different language, their traditional way of life and ceremonies is very similar to the other tribes living in the Xingu National Indigenous Park. The word "Kamayura" means "raised platform" in their language and refers to the way they store meat, harvested crops, and other items on raised platforms high inside the maloka or long house." (source:

(b)According to a website the Kamayura have created, which exists to try and help the Kamayura survive as a people the following has been stated concerning the Kamayura:

"We consider ourselves as a unique nation within Brazil, since we have a very different way of life compared to the surrounding society. We are proud of who and what we are, we do know about our difficulties, but that is no reason to stop painting our bodies, stop following our own beliefs and our own way of producing the essentials required for our subsistence."Related by Kokraimuro Kamayura – 72 years of age. (source:

Why should people who want to modernize these Amazon Tribes be allowed to engage in their behavior? The Kamayura have explicitly stated to the world what they desire as a people and what they desire from their friends, at their website:

"The friends of the Kamayura share the vision and common interest to help us preserve our unique culture, our way of life and our habitat in a modern world."


Why do some websites label the Kamayura as being Christian? Who converted them and why did these people think they had the right to do so?

The star in the above map indicates where the Kamayura live within Brazil. Source of map:

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Thoughts worth thinking about

"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia

A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed

Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.