The Wajãpi tribe lived in the Amazon Rainforest since before the Portuguese arrived in Brazil in 1500. Their survival was always threatened and their population was almost decimated with a measles outbreak in the 1970s after intense contact with gold miners workers. The first contact between white man and Wajãpi population, according to FUNAI (National Indian Foundation) was in the 1930s with the so-called “gateiros” (jaguars hunters). From then on the Wajãpi struggle to survive the problems brought by the white man.

Their life is under permanent pressure by deforestation, illegal mining and logging.

In September 2017, president Michel Temer proposed a controversial measure that caused a big reaction of environmentalists in Brazil and Europe. The idea was create an area of 46,499 square kilometers inside the Amazon Rainforest for the extraction of ore by large enterprises. The project was widely rejected by society and the government backed down. In the proposal, the Wajãpi Indians would lose 50% of their land. "Our grocery store is the forest, if we do not have it, how are we going to live?" asks the Cacique Kassiri Piná. 


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