« Money does not protect us … it does not create our joy. For *white people, it is different. »

Barbara Crane Navarro

Yanomami community dwelling, Alto Orinoco, Amazonas, Venezuela – photo: Barbara Crane Navarro

«Yanomami shamans do not work for money the way white people’s doctors do. They simply work so that the sky and forest remain in place, so that we can hunt, plant our gardens, and live in good health. Our ancients did not know of money. … Money does not protect us … it does not create our joy. For white people, it is different. They do not know how to dream with the spirits the way we do. They prefer to ignore that the shamans’ work is to protect the earth, as much for us and our children as for them and theirs.»

  • Yanomami spokesman and shaman Davi Kopenawa

*The Yanomami shaman being quoted is referring to the destruction to the rainforest and indigenous lives since the “conquest of the Americas” by white (non-native) Europeans which began the…

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