« The gold prospectors soiled the forest. It has been permeated with epidemic fumes, and we were caught in a death frenzy. »

Barbara Crane Navarro

Yanomami boy with his father’s monkey tail headband, Alto Orinoco, Amazonas, Venezuela

As the Yanomami spokesman and shaman Davi Kopenawa says in his book The Falling Sky : « In any case, our elders only had to inhale this unknown smoke to die of it very quickly … This is how we came to know the power of the white people’s xawara epidemics… More than enough of us have already died of the xawara epidemics the white people propagated in the past. 

We saw the white people spread their epidemic and kill us with their guns. We saw them destroy the forest and the rivers. We know that they can be greedy and evil and that their thought is often full of darkness.

But we also know that all the white people’s words could only disappear from our mind if they stopped invading and destroying our land. Then everything would be quiet…

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