June 30, 2021
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Barbara Crane Navarro

Yanomami shabono – communal house, Alto Orinoco, Amazonas, Venezuela
photo – Barbara Crane Navarro

« In the past, we were not forced to talk about the forest with anger because we did not know all these white people land and tree eaters. Our thoughts were calm. We only listened to our own words and the xapiri spirit’s songs. This is what we want to be able to do again.

If your minds were not so closed, you would chase the earth eaters out of our forest! … You do not know how to do anything with the forest. You only know how to cut down and burn its trees, to dig holes in its floor and soil its watercourses. Yet it does not belong to you and none of you created it!

All these words have accumulated in me since I have known the white people. … Maybe they will…

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