«They began greedily tearing minerals out of the ground. They built factories to melt them and make great quantities of merchandise.
They told themselves: Aren’t our hands so skilled to craft these things? We are the only ones who are so clever! We truly are the people of merchandise!
They made money proliferate everywhere. By wanting to possess all this merchandise, they were seized by a limitless desire.
It was with these words of merchandise that the white people started cutting all the trees, mistreating the land and soiling the water courses.
They do it out of jealousy for gold. »
- Yanomami spokesman and shaman Davi Kopenawa