Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Xingu, the people the world wants to destroy

I do not own any of those pictures. Please, help them by signing this petition: Save Xingu Peoples from Destruction

The native indigenous people of the Xingu river of the Amazon Rainforest are being threatened with destruction. These people have lived in Xingu river for thousands of years in a sustainable manner with the beautiful rainforest which they co-exist with and provides them with what they need. They depend on fish from the Xingu river and from the lands which surround it to grow their crops. We would be taking away the ability of these people to feed themselves, and destroying their traditional way of life as they have lived for thousands years. These are some of the last remaining pre-columbian people, who still live the way they did before arrival of Europeans, who have escaped European conquest, until now. We have lost and disrupted the traditional way of life of most native peoples in the past, it is now time to not repeat the wrongs of the past. All of these things are being threatened, and the traditional way of life and culture of some of the last indigenous people on this planet. This is as a result of a massive dam project which could decimate fish populations in their river and destroy 400 square kilometers of the very rainforests that they depend on for survival. For too long we have caused the native traditional peoples such as this to vanish from the earth, and their culture and way of life. It is now time we do the right thing to make up for hundreds of years of wrongs, now, and protect these last indigenous that remain now. These people have lived in this area for thousands of years and the river and land belongs to them.

The Brazilian government is planning to build what would be the world's third largest dam on the Xingu River in the Brazilian Amazon. The Xingu River in northeast Brazil is a tributary of the Amazon River. The Belo Monte Dam, meant principally to fuel the expansion of aluminum foundries and other industrial plants in the Amazon, would require diverting nearly the entire flow of the Xingu, drying up the Big Bend of the Xingu and its tributary, the Bacaja, home to hundreds of indigenous people. Native people upstream would also be affected by the dam's impacts on fish stocks, their principal food source.
Let  the Brazil's President know the wild and freeXingu River is critical to maintaining intact the Amazon, its peoples and the Earth we share.

The corporations and government dont have any idea what would happen if they flood this life-giving rainforest. Or do they care, that's the thing? Is it about money, or is it about a lot of people losing their homes, and animals drowning, as well as the survivors losing their only habitat? We have taken over this beautiful planet, declaring ourselves the dominant, so-called intelligent species, destroying everything in our path, with no regard for anyone or anything else. How can we call ourselves intelligent?
Amazonia is the Earth's Lung. They are destroying everything in there, animals and humans. The Indians were there first and have always respected the holiness of life! They deserve to remain in their homes!!


Monday, July 2, 2012

The Awá

Uncontacted Indians face annihilation
One of the last nomadic Amazonian tribes is being crushed by illegal invaders.

The Awá are suffering from increasing invasions of their land by loggers, ranchers and settlers.


Thursday, June 28, 2012

Pak Mohari - The Beggar who was a Virtuoso

Did you ever heard about Pak Mohari?

I guess not. Yet he is famous ... among the cars that stop here on the road to Solo.
Because he is a virtuoso.

Blind, he is also a beggar, playing his virtuosity in the corner of a small restaurant for little money.
I was impressed by his play. Javanese music is such that each part seems so different, but all together, it creates that particular tune ….
So Pak Mohali is probably one of the last Javanese culture holders. He should be protected, treated with care and respect.

But he’s not. He’s just a beggar…

By The Way, I had the honor to shake his hand and talk a little with him.
You who probabely took this road to Solo one day, did you ?