The following are rush translated/edited video interviews with the Indigenous representatives, whom had a technical meeting with the United Nations. Filming by Rebecca Sommer: Representative to the UN for the NGO’s, ECOTERRA, in consultative status to the United Nations UNEP, and in participatory status with the Council of Europe, representative EARTHPEOPLES, a global network for and by Indigenous Peoples.
Kayapó from state MATO GROSSO in Brazil
RAONI, leader of Kayapo, at the United Nations, Geneva, 30 September 2011 (ENGLISH SUBTITLES)
Video©Rebecca Sommer: Indigenous leader of the Kayapo people, Raoni Metyktire, went together with Bemoro, and Ta-u Metuktire to the UN, on the 30 September 2011, to speak about his concerns, the destruction of the earth, the land, waters, rivers, forests. He firmly reaffirmed his opposition the building of dams in the amazon, such as Belo Monte. He explained that the Xingu river is contaminated and poisoned starting at the watershed of the river, by soja plantations, agro-business, cattle farms. he also informed the UN that this would be his last time that he would come to the UN, and that Bemoro would take over his position as the new chief of his people.
RAONI wants his land demarcated and secured (ENGLISH SUBTITLES)
video©Rebecca Sommer. Raoni, leader of the Kayapó, Xingu River, Mato Grosso, went on the 30 September to the UN, to speak about the many concerns that he has regarding indigneous peoples rights that are violated in Brazil, to the contamination of the Xingu river especially at the watershed area Alto Xingu (see videos from Aritana, Pirakuma and Nikumalu Yawalapiti that explain in more detail the situation). Raoni’s main concern for his Kayapo people is the need for the demarcation of two areas that belong to the kayapo, but is not legally secured for them. Their population is increasing. In september the Kayapo found out through the internet that some governmental entities in their state Mato Grosso proposed a new dedree, to reduce Kayapo’s territory. Highly alarmed, about the many new laws currently under Congress consideration such as the new forest code, mining laws, Belo Monte, raoni, bemore and Ta-u went on the 30 of September to the UN, to ask for support to ensure the rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Bemoro Metuktire – futuro líder Kayapó foi para a ONU__parte1 (ENGLISH subtitles) 30 Sept 2011
Video©Rebecca Sommer. Raoni Metuktire announced at the UN meeting 30 September 2011, that this would be his last time to go to the United Nations, and that Bemoro Metuktire would take his role as the future leader of the Kayapo, Xingu River, Mato Grosso. In this video clip Bemoro explains some of the concerns and topics that have been discussed at the United Nations in Geneva on the 30 september 2011. The Kayapo are worried because last month they read in the internet that their territory might be reduced if Congress would vote for such proposal. They face illegal logging and settlers. Mining, The Xingu river is poisoned by fertilizers washing into the water from Soja plantations and agrobusiness in general, especially at the watershed area in Alto Xingu, where the Yawalapiti, Kalapalo and many others live. (Please watch also Rebecca Sommer’s videos in which Aritana, Pirakuma, and other Yawalapiti explain the situation in more detail : http://www.youtube.com/user/SommerFilms#g/c/169E4C6A62CF95F6). Bemoro complaints that the governmental officials from his state are no longer reachable for his people. The new governor doesn’t respond to the many letters that Kayapo have written to him. There is no dialogue between the indigfenous Kayapo and the Brazilian government, he says. That’s one of the reasons why the Kayapo seek help and intervention from the international community, and went ti speak with relevant UN officials.
Yawalapiti, from state Mato Grosso in Brazil
If you want to learn more directly from the people Alto Xingu, and what Raoni was talking about on their behalf, please watch the videos below. The watershed area from the Xingu river – with the issue of smaller private dams, toxic pesticides, etc . . . .
Nikumalu Yawalapiti – worried about the future – soja plantations, pesticides, small dams at watershed area (ENGLISH SUBTITLES)
video © Rebecca Sommer. (video with english subtitles) Nikumalu Yawalapiti is concerned that the survival of her people is at stake, because cattle farms and soy plantations deforest up to the riverbed- and don’t leave the required standing trees, that would reduce the amount of poisonous fertilizers to wash into the headwaters of the Xingu. She talks about the dead fish, that her people have seen as a result. She gives her homage to Water explaining what it means to her and her people. The large scale farmers and ranchers are not only poisoning the headwaters of the Xingu, they are also blocking the river with small dams to create energy for their soy plantations and cattle farms, while also selling the energy not used back to the energy companies, This has caused that the Xingu’s waterlive force is already weakened at the place it starts to grow in the unique “Cerrado”, where low crooked trees grow much less dense than in the rainforest, The Yawalapiti are desperate, because they suffer already from the changed river when it passes the Park Xingu,Indigenous Territory in which several traditional Indigenous nations are living. The river is much lower than it used to be, and often dirty, away from the poison. That causes problems as fish has declined, but also with some Yawalapiti’s fishing practices, that require to see the fish that is targeted.
Aritana Yawalapiti (leader Yawalapiti and entire Alto Xingu area) worried about Dams at watershed area and Belo Monte (ENGLISH SUBTITLES)
One of the priorities of the Alto Xingu (Upper Xingu), Indigenous leader Aritana say’s that he wants to preserve most of all the watershed and spring areas of the river that enters into enormous huge indigenous peoples territory, in Mato Grosso, Brazil. The Indigenous reserve, the Xingu Park, is a green island with intact biodiversity , but finds itself surrounded by deforestation caused by ever increasing soy plantations and cattle ranches. The forest shield between soy plantations, pasture land, and the springs, watersheds and ultimately the river, are nearly not existent. Outside the borders of the Indigenous territory Xingu Park, in which inside several ethnicities of indigenous people live in a traditional way of live, agro cultural plantations and cattle mass production and enormous forest degradation created a huge impact to the original inhabitants of that area, in just a few years. Poisonous fertilizers, cattle feces and cadavers, and degraded soil from the cattle and soy production are washed into the springs, watersheds, streams and at the end rivers that enter Indigenous terrirory at the Alro Xingu. Fish, and larger animals sporadicaly die, in large amounts, in the river that enters the well preserved intact nature of the lower growing forest, cerrado, in the Alto Xingu.
NON- CONTACTED in voluntary isolation
State ACRE, in BRAZIL Ninawa Kaxinawa … about the non-contacted indigneous peoples that made headlines this year (he lives 36 km away from them) makes suggestions (ENGLISH SUBTITLES)
(Video©Rebecca Sommer) Ninawa Kaxinawá (Hunikui) from Acre, Brazil, went to the UN on the 30 September, to inform the UN officials about the worries that the 12 indigenous nations, that belong to the Pano linguistic family, have regarding the non-contacted indigenous group that is roaming nearby the peruvian border.
Ninawa Kaxinawá (Hunikui) de Acre, Brasil, foi para a ONU 30 de setembro 2011 para informar os funcionários da ONU sobre as preocupações que as 12 nações indígenas, que pertencem à família lingüística Pano, tem em relação ao grupo-indígenas não-contatados, que está vivendo nas proximidades da fronteira peruana.
Ninawa Hunikui vive 36 km de distância do local onde no ano passado os não-contatados foiram avistado através do avião (Survival International + FUNAI). O grupo não-contatado é próxima da aldeia de Ninawa. O grupo de indígenas isolados não querem ser contato, ele explica que eles atiraram flechas, depois daqueles que chegaram muito perto. Os grupos isolados estão em grande perigo, e alguns foram mortos por madeireiros peruanos e mineiros. Ele está a fazer propostas à ONU e Brasil e Peru, sobre como protegê-los.
Ninawa Hunikui lives 36 km away from the place where last year a settlement of the non-cotacted has been spotted via airplane (Survival International + FUNAI). The non-contacted group is sometimes nearby Ninawa’s village. The isolated indigenous group(s) don’t want contact, he explains that they have shot arrows after those that came too near, and that that they flee when being spotted. The isolated group(s) are in great danger, and some have been killed by peruvian loggers and miners. He is making proposals to the Un and Brazil and Peru, on how to protect them.
State PARA, in Brazil: (BELO MONTE) chief from Asurini, from state Para, in Brazil: (ENGLISH SUBTITLES)
NOT-CONTACTED Indigenous Peoples VERY near to BELO MONTE !
© Sommerfilms, by Rebecca Sommer 2010 (BELO MONTE ameaça grupos indígenas voluntariamente isolados! ) Apewu Asurini is one of very few that had encounters with groups of indigenous peoples that live in voluntary isolation, and have never been contacted. They are known to roam between two Indigenous Territories – of the Kayapo Xicrin and the Assurini, and are closed in from the other side by the construction site of Belo Monte, They have been spotted 70 km away from the Belo Monte dam site. They are the most vulnerable of the indigenous populations- Brazil has not demarcated the territory for their protection.