Amazon Heroes Who Don’t Give Up

HUMAN WRONGS WATCH

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By Manuella Libardi*

The Guardians of the Forest, a group of indigenous Guajajara in the Brazilian state of Maranhão, struggle to defend their land from invaders and to guarantee their survival in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

16 September 2020 (openDemocracy)* — If we ask Olimpio Santos Guajajara when the Guardians of the Forest were founded, his answer would be very simple: in 1500, the year the Portuguese landed in Brazil with an armada under the command of Pedro Álvares Cabral.

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Chile: Final Words of Machi Celestino Córdova as He Faces Impending Death

The Free

Posted on 17/08/2020 by anarchistsworldwide

13.08.2020: To the Mapuche nation, to the Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples of the world. To all of those who struggle for their spiritual beliefs, their territory, their freedom, their rights in dignifying their people. Always in search of the complete balance of the natural order of our Mother Earth, Ñuke Mapu, who has supernaturally privileged all of us as human beings—human beings who sadly still do not have the consciousness to value our Mother Earth as she deserves.

I deeply regret that I have to give you my last message, during my final remaining days. My sacrifice is definite. It will be an honor to give my life for the Mapuche people, for our spiritual belief which is sacred above all else. Thus, it should never be renounced.

And more than anything else, because my condition as Machi is my duty. It is mandated supernaturally…

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Indigenous Land in Australia 1788-2013

The Decolonial Atlas

A snapshot of Indigenous held land in Australia 1788–2013 A snapshot of Indigenous held land in Australia 1788–2013 by Francis Markham and Jon Altman

In 1788 Indigenous nations possessed the entire continent of Australia. Then during a prolonged period of land grab from 1788 to the late 1960s Indigenous peoples were dispossessed. But then, from the late 1960s, there has been an extraordinary period of rapid legal repossession and restitution that is ongoing. This has not occurred as part of some coherent policy framework, but rather as a somewhat ad hoc land titling ‘revolution’ driven intermittently by political, social justice and judicial imperatives.

The question arises: If the logic of settler colonialism and market capitalism is dispossession, why have powerful state and corporate interests tolerated legal repossession? Professor Jon Altman from the Australian National University, Canberra offers his answers to this paradox and a fantastic set of maps in his 2014 paper, “The Political Ecology and Political Economy of the…

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Recently Extinct Languages

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Extinct languages are ones which no longer have any speakers. The languages included in this map are one which have presumably gone extinct since the 1950s.

It is estimated that, if nothing is done, half of 6000 plus languages spoken today will disappear by the end of this century. With the disappearance of unwritten and undocumented languages, humanity would lose not only a cultural wealth but also important ancestral knowledge embedded, in particular, in indigenous languages.

While language extinction is a global phenomenon, the largest concentration of recently extinct languages in the world is on the West Coast of the United States – California (22 extinct languages), Oregon (9), and Washington (7).

Source: UNESCO Interactive Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger

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‘Being Born an Indigenous Girl Can Be a Life Sentence of Poverty, Exclusion and Discrimination…’

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UN Women statement on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples – 9 August 2020

pwcexecutivedirectormsmaandangoitikoduringatourin2019toassesshowthetrainedwomenandgirlswerepromotingPWC Executive Director Maanda Ngoitiko during a tour in 2019, to assess how the trained women and girls were promoting use of biogas in Ngorongoro. Photo: UN Women/ Tsitsi Matope

By UN Women* –  Being born an indigenous girl can be a life sentence of poverty, exclusion and discrimination, largely rooted in the historical marginalization of indigenous communities and aggravated by overlapping circumstances such as race, ethnicity, disability and location.

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The Racially Segregated US Coastline

The Decolonial Atlas

Go to any beach town in the United States, and you notice a disturbing trend. While the town itself might be racially diverse, the actual waterfront property is almost exclusively occupied by white people. Using race and population data from the 2010 census mapped by National Geographic, we were able to spot this rampant form of racial segregation throughout the country from rural coastal communities to tourist towns to major cities. In each location, people of color have been systematically excluded from living on the shore. What’s more startling though is that there are often large communities of color just a little further inland, where many are presumably low-wage service workers whose labor makes the affluent lives of the coastal white people possible.

It wasn’t long ago that most coastal real estate was considered unattractive (too buggy and humid) to white folks, allowing minority cultures like that of the…

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Deforestation and Colonization of Aotearoa/New Zealand

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Māori land in Te Ika-a-Māui (the North Island), 1860–1939 Māori land in Te Ika-a-Māui (the North Island), 1860–1939

Forest cover of Aotearoa (New Zealand), 1840-present day. Forest cover of Aotearoa (New Zealand), 1840-present day.

Similar to the United States and just about every other settler colony (see the US counterpart map – https://decolonialatlas.wordpress.com/2014/11/03/the-deforestation-and-colonization-of-the-united-states/ ) European settlers in Aotearoa (New Zealand) had to first remove the Māori from the land before they could begin to extract resources from it – in this case, timber. As Māori land holdings decreased since the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, so too did the forests of Aotearoa. This may have been a contributing factor in the extinction of dozens of endemic bird species since European colonization – the introduction of predatory mammals to Aotearoa being another large factor.

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Indigenous Massacres in the US

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Some (But Not All) Settler Massacres of Indigenous Peoples in the United States.
Map by Jordan Engel.

“…it began to come clear to me why so often we do not commemorate the slaughters of indigenous peoples: There are too many sites from too many massacres, and to commemorate them all – even with an action so simple as that of a Catholic who reflexively makes the sign of the cross each time she encounters a cemetery – would afford little time for us to enjoy the comforts and elegancies civilization affords. I would wager every county in the United States has hosted at least one massacre, recorded or forgotten.”
– Derrick Jensen, The Culture of Make Believe

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An open letter to the government from a Māori public health specialist

Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch

I feel like I am on the frontline. Not the one with the doctors and nurses and the protective PPE gear and the swabbing and injecting. But a public health, evidence-based, equity focused, Treaty frontline.

It’s scary here. Every day, I have to stop my tears from overwhelming me.

I am a public health physician and an associate professor in Māori Health at the University of Auckland. I have trained in epidemiology and I am immersed in health equity research. I can see and inherently know the terror being unleashed on my people. And I am deeply concerned.

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https://e-tangata.co.nz/comment-and-analysis/an-open-letter-to-the-government-from-a-maori-public-health-specialist/

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The land of our ancestors is stolen away from us …

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