Xinguanos participate in traditional seeds, Kayapo village

Xinguanos participate in traditional seeds, Kayapo village

[9/21/2012 12:04] ISA, Joyce Samuel










The Traditional seed Mebengokre fair brought together 15 different ethnic groups indigenous to promote exchanges and strengthen the culture. The meeting took place in Moikarakô village, in the Kayapo Indigenous

The Kayapo performed the Mebengokre Traditional seed fair, in the village Moikarakô (PA), on indigenous land (TI) among 3 Kayapo and 7/9. The event was attended by seed exchanges, roundtables, workshops and cultural presentations.

The aim was to promote an Exchange to strengthen the culture, tradition, the links between the indigenous peoples, their autonomy and food sovereignty through the movement of plants and seeds.

About a thousand more than 30 indigenous Kayapo villages, and non-native volunteers collaborated in the Organization of the fair, promoted by the association protected forest. Other indigenous 110 of 28 villages and 15 distinct peoples of Brazil were present, covering almost every region of the Country.

Among the guests, two peoples of the Xingu Indigenous Park (PIX): the Kawaiwete, big island villages, Kwaryja, Capybara and Tuiararé, and the Kisêdjê Ngojhwere village. Also present were about 100 non-indigenous representatives of various organizations of civil society and Government working in the theme.

In addition to the exchanges of knowledge, skills, experiences, stories, songs, rites and eaten, the roundtables discussed the conservation and use of agrobiodiversity, public policy related to food production, technical assistance and rural extension and challenges and strategies facing the large enterprises in the environment of indigenous lands.

The xinguana delegation, together with technicians from ISA, presented the experience of the seed Network of Xingu in PIX during the Roundtable that discussed productive experiences for income generation.

The experience of the network attracted considerable attention, especially from the hosts. The Deputy Coordinator of the Xingu, Rodrigo Junqueira, began the presentation by rescuing the history of occupation and farming around the PIX and the demand of indigenous leaders to restore the headwaters of the Xingu River, which triggered the “need to teach the farmer to plant forest”, and consequently the establishment of seed Network of Xingu.

The gatherer Kunhakate Kaiabi, village Tuiararé, granddaughter of the great witch doctor Ipepori Kaiabi – recognized by all peoples of the PIX as promoter of traditional seed cultivation farm in Xingu kaiabi – spoke about the importance and the difficulties of the activity to the peoples of the Xingu.

According to her, unlike farmers, with machinery for the plantations, the collectors ‘ work is manual and arduous, but it pays off, because it aims to reforest the banks of the river that all peoples of the Xingu.

In addition to the people Kawaiwete and four other ethnic groups participating, Kisêdjê of seed Network of Xingu: in PIX:: Waurá, Ikpeng and the Yudjá; and the Panará, TI Panará people.

The Organization of the activity is quite particular in each community. Cultural diversity and logistics of collection groups influences at work. The biggest challenge is to overcome technical and bureaucratic bottlenecks to ensure the wishes of each core of collectors.

Struggle for rights.

On the last day of discussions, Indigenous, Health Secretary of the Health Ministry, Antonio Alves, heard the claims of indigenous people about the conditions of medical care in the Indigenous Kayapo Lands and in the districts of the region’s health.

The Indians also discussed the Decree 303, the Solicitor-General of the Union (AGU), which prohibits the extension of indigenous lands and releases works in these areas without consulting the affected populations.

The discussions resulted in a letter drafted by the Indians from the 16 people present, that was delivered in Brasilia to the National Indian Foundation (Funai) and Attorney General’s Office (PGR) by the Kayapo chieftain Akjabôrô.

The text expresses the repudiation of the Federal Government by systematic kickbacks in indigenous policy and requires the immediate repeal of the Ordinance, the abandonment of any dam projects in the TIs, and greater attention to Government’s productive activities, to guarantee a genetic protection strip around the TIs, decent health care and the integration of traditional treatments performed by shamans in the public health system (read the full letter).

For the participants of the meeting, the Traditional seed Mebengokre fair was important to show that only the Union of indigenous peoples is able to reverse the adverse situations faced in the present.


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