The Khĩsêtjê People in Brazil: Dance, Celebration and Resistance

    In Wawi Indigenous Land (MT), Khĩsêtjê sing and dance until dawn to celebrate 20 years of their traditional territory retaking. Published originally on their blog by Instituto Socioambiental (ISA). Author: Isabel Harari, journalist. Photos: Christian Braga / ISA; Videos: Kamikia Kisedje y Fred Mauro / ISA. The Instituto Socieambiental is an organization that was established…

  • Greta Thunberg and Guardians of the Forest. Photo: @GuardianesBos

    Urgent Climate Action Requires Defending the Defenders: Indigenous Peoples at Risk

    Photo: Greta Thunberg and Guardians of the Forest, @GuardianesBos. As millions of children, youth, and their parents or mentors bravely take the streets around the world (in 150 countries!) this Friday, September 20, to strike for the climate; we at Awasqa have been thinking how it’s usually those who are most at risk who often…

  • Indigenous people literature / Translations of cultural experiences in writing

    SOURCE: Astrolábio Magazine nº 21 year II set. 2017, English translation: Awasqa Indigenous literature is marked by a narrative tradition with strong traces of orality, amplified by representation systems through graphics, which constitute another narrative, which differs from the strict concept of the printed word. Indigenous graphics are stories and information narratives with their language…

  • Indigenous women and peasants unite for the largest women’s action in Brazil

    SOURCE: MidiaNinja, translated from Portuguese by Awasqa. The Margaridas meeting was attended by 100,000 people in Brasilia. The first march of indigenous women joins the peasants to fight against social setbacks. To resist the current political scenario, indigenous women decided to unify movements. The first March of Indigenous Women will occur simultaneously with the March…

  • Organic oil produced communally in the village, pequi oil, or Hwĩn Mbê (in the indigenous language) is essential in the culture and diet of the Kĩsêdjê. It is also planted to reforest deforested areas of the Amazon. Photo: Associação Indígena Kisedje

    Pequi, A Medicinal Tree, Promoted by the Indigenous Communities of Brazil Against Monocultures

    In the Alto Xingu area, 16 indigenous communties of Mato Grosso, the most deforested state by the soja monoculture agroindustry, are struggling to preserve the rainforest and their way of life, as well as protect water, land and their territories. Among the species of endemic trees with which they have been reforesting the land is…