Pukanu means land of hope, where everything is renewed

“Owners” appear in Scripture on Earth Village Porto Velho and threaten to expel the Araguaia Kanela

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Source: Media Advisory-Cimi


As qualification study demand of the National Indian Foundation (Funai), there are at least 60 years the Kanela do Araguaia, Mato Grosso, live in the lands of the old port village, near the municipality of Basil. Your Candid and dona Julia Kanela leave the people, however, reports arriving for 100 years of occupation. Time that came with squatters and all sorts of invaders, but never heard of those bands: Manoel Botelho Falola.


Indians Kanela do araguaia

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In November 2015, Manoel appeared in the village located on the right bank of the Tapirapé River. Arrived raising fences, knocking the erected by Kanela to ward off invaders and claiming that owned the land because there’s Scripture. “We met with him, that we’re there for 100 years, is Indian country, but he followed by saying that he owns the land who has land deed,” explains Chief Lucas Kanela. Manoel quit his job of fences in half and disappeared.

In the second half of last August, Manoel sent a group of men to the indigenous land in order to finish what he had started almost a year before. “We filmed and recorded everything, including the new conversation that we had with him. Again tell us who owns the land who have Scripture. He also said that he was a friend of the sheriff and the judge; If the stopped him to do put the fences he would deploy, “says the Chief.

The Kanela refused. While the village leaders were in a meeting in another village Kanela, on 19 August, police officers took subpoenas to the community where the cacique and some indigenous people should submit to the Sheriff of São Félix do Araguaia. “Manoel said that the delegate was his friend, we fear for our safety. Warned by Federal prosecutors, in Barra do Garças, who contacted the Sheriff to explain the situation of our occupation in traditional land, “says Chief Lucas.

There’s no shortage of owners with deeds to the land of the Araguaia Kanela. Chief Lucas claims that on the last day of July 29 two pickup trucks with unidentified men arrived at the village. “They said it was for us to get out of there because the land was the guy who led them. Had Scripture and was there warning for us to leave. So most owners appear and is thus also in other villages Kanela here in the region. How did they get all scriptures of the same area we don’t know, “says the Chief.

The village, after these episodes, is alert and fearful that gunmen attack or any Bushwhack Kanela leadership. “All that we come to the authorities. What we need is the Government to look at our situation. Funai needs to follow up the demarcation to dispel once and for all those people who come here, we don’t know where, and they send us out because they own, have Scripture “, asks the Chief Lucas.

The MPF itself has carried out studies in the region to identify the sub-groups Kanela Apãnjekra, in order to support requests for Funai demarcatório with regard to the procedure. This indigenous arrived in Mato Grosso from Araguaia in the first half of the 20th century: fleeing of forced evictions of Maranhão, especially of the territory as demarcated indigenous land today Guinea Pigs the ancient village of Apãnjekra has been decimated by farmers in the 1930 settlers. Are four at-risk areas. In addition the village Porto Velho, those living in the village are still indigenous Felix and Basil, Village Santa Terezinha village Canabrava do Norte (Glebe St. Peter).

Village Pukanu: land of hope

Pukanu means land of hope, where everything is renewed. A little over ten years the Araguaia Kanela came to claim it. The older ones were expelled in 1954. Came to survive as cold buoys on cattle ranches in the region. With the arrival of new generations, the elders decided that it was time to go back to the old village esbulhada. In 2010, the community lived in Glebe Xavante I.

Fleeing attacks by farmers on Bananal Island, in Tocantins, and conflicts with the Karaja, the Maxakali landed on Glebe Xavante I. The area was ceded to the Funai that demarcated for the Maxakali. The Araguaia Kanela did not create obstacles: they knew that the area was from former roaming of the Maxakali, where also were expelled, and then decided to go for the traditional area of the Group at the Glebe St. Peter, where they installed the retaking of new village Pakanu. A year before, in 2009, the Kanela protocolaram a document in Funai showing demand.

“Our old came on the run of Maranhão, in the early 20 century. Then came more from the Kanela massacres on indigenous land Piglets (Kanela Apãnjekra people), do Escalvado. In 1954 began to get people saying that he owned, with Scripture and threw us out. So we’re in an area that has our ancestors buried, that is ours. We’re going to stay here, that’s the decision and ask that the authorities guarantee our peace. We are at risk here, the region has a lot of “pistolagem”, “Pedro Kanela.

In May this year, even occupying an area of the Union, the Glebe St. Peter, municipality of Basil, to the right of the Tapirapé River, the leadership of the new village Pakaru, Pedro Kanela, denounces an alleged land owner threatened to remove them by force if they do not get out of there until 24 May day marked by the Earth Cool, the Ministry of agrarian development to perform analyses on Glebe-property of the Union and with the donation agreement signed by the Department of indigenous Heritage of the Union (DPU).

The ultimatum took place less than a year after a repossession performed against the same village, on 7 July 2015. The MPS put the Indians in trucks to transport cattle and played in the city of Campbell. “On the last day 9 may retake the Gleba again, so the threat of this woman who says Lady, but we’re still here and we believe that justice will be done with our people who have tired of being expelled from one corner to another,” explains Pedro Kanela.


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