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Barbara Crane Navarro

Yanomami shaman, Amazonas, Venezuela – photo: Barbara Crane Navarro

“This is what our elders who are great shamans say. These are the xapiri’s words, which they pass on to us. These are the ones I want the white people to hear. … Once the gold miners arrived where we live … They soiled the rivers with yellowish mire and filled them with xawara epidemic fumes from their machines. I saw them ravage the river’s sources with the avidity of scrawny dogs. All this to find gold, so the white people can use it to make themselves teeth and ornaments or keep it locked in their houses. … These white people’s thought is obscured by their avidity for gold. They are evil beings.”

  • Yanomami spokesman and shaman Davi Kopenawa in the chapter “Metal Smoke” of his book “The Falling Sky”

Gold mining site in indigenous territory

Gold mining and the…

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