‘ There are no Indians in Brazil ‘, says writer in Congress opening

‘ There are no Indians in Brazil ‘, says writer in Congress opening

For him, the word ‘ Indian ‘ arose from erroneous and reduces people. Author of 43 books, Daniel Munduruku opened the event in Poços de Caldas.

Jessica B   The G1 Sul de Minas

Daniel Munduruku é autor de 43 livros e falou durante abertura de Congresso (Foto: Jéssica Balbino/ G1)
Daniel Munduruku is author of 43 books and spoke during the opening of the Congress (photo: Jessica B/G1)

Author of 43 books, Daniel Munduruku Indian was the guest speaker for the opening of the 10th Congress of Environment in Poços de Caldas (MG) on Wednesday (22). The Indian, who is doctor of education and postdoctoral studies in literature at the Universidade Federal de São Carlos (Ufscar), talked about the ‘ mother earth and indigenous question ‘ during a chat with the congressmen.

In a greeting in the language of the people to which it belongs, opened the speech and joking, asked who was in the room. “Good morning to all friends here, I hope that this meeting is as good for you as it will be for me,” welcomed, in a reference to the ancestors. “Our grandparents said that when we meet someone, we have to go with an open heart and cheerful so that the meeting is good, wishing that people that are in place to feel the same way,” he pointed out, remember to be connected with the environment is to be connected with the poetry of the universe.

“The fight for the environment is the struggle of all the Brazilian people ” Daniel Munduruku writer and doctor

“I’m talking about so many other things that are not environment, but are also. I want to look in the eye and talk. To start, I’ll point out that I am not Indian and that there are no Indians in Brazil. What there are are people. I’m Munduruku and belong to a people is to have participation within an ancestral tradition. When I say that there are no Indians, I mean that there is a very large diversity of ancestry. Are at least 250 indigenous peoples and are at least 180 languages spoken in Brazil, “he said.

For him, the word ‘ Indian ‘ arose from erroneous and reduces people. “Is linked to a number of concepts and preconceptions. Normally she is linked to negative things, although there are a lot of romanticism in history, the majority of thought means that the Indian is a being out of fashion, delayed in time and wild. Someone who is hindering progress and continue playing a stereotype that was being passed along in our history, “criticized.”

Público vindo de várias partes do Brasil debateu durante palestra (Foto: Jéssica Balbino/ G1)
Public coming from various parts of Brazil discussed during lecture (photo: Jessica B/G1)

The chat was permeated by indigenous souvenirs, which told stories about his own life, the transition between childhood and adolescence and the loss of his grandfather, which according to him, the Munduruku, who conveys the teachings within a family or tribe. With this, he came to doubt of those present it was: as began writing and became academic. “When my grandfather died, I did understand what was Munduruku and I always wanted to be remember him as well. Wanted to be like him, a storyteller. It took me to learn how it would be my way, whether it would be in the tribe or in the city, but I chose the city and by the academic life and today I am here, passing these stories that are so full of wisdom of life and environment, “he pointed out.

In relation to the environment and to questions made by the public, the issue highlighted indigenous human evolution and in Brazil the construction of dams. “The Munduruku people are suffering with the construction of dams in Belomonte, whether in Rondônia, anyway, they are fighting to live. The nature and the environment that the Indians live are part of mankind. They struggle to stay and fight for a whole that Brazil does not have the awareness to realize this. The fight for the environment is the struggle of all the Brazilian people, “he said.



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