Uru Eu Wau Wau at risk
Uru Eu Wau Wau foto via ISA
Tribe “Royal Hawk” and its neighbors isolated face annihilation in Amazon
28 October 2016
Several farmers and settlers are invading the territory of the Uru Eu Wau Wau, a tribe recently contacted, with the support of local politicians. The incursion is being described in the region as “the worst invasion in decades” that could exterminate uncontacted indigenous who live nearby.
The Indians Uru Eu Wau Wau are known as the “Royal Hawk” because they use large feathers of the bird to make arrows and headdresses. They call their neighbors Jururei insulated, which means “brave.”
We know very little about the isolated tribes, but we know that entire populations are being wiped out by the genocidal violence of outsiders who steal their land and resources, and by diseases such as influenza and measles, to which they have no resistance. The Uru Eu Wau Wau were decimated after the first contact in the 80.
The Rondônia State Government operates a scheme of colonization, near the territory of the tribe. Settlers are now invading the territory, although part of it being the National Park ‘ New Pacaás “and three uncontacted indigenous groups living in the interior. Farmers and local politicians are encouraging a new wave of invasions.
Aerial images show large portions of the territory of the tribe being burned by settlers opening the land. In addition to home for many indigenous peoples, the region also has pine trees only, as well as Amazon unique landscapes of waterfalls, caves and plateaus. Endangered species like the lutrine opossum, the giant Armadillo and the Alagoas curassow depend on these environments to survive.
Members of the tribe wrote to the Federal Police in Rondonia on August 8, but the authorities have yet to act. In the letter, the Indians said: “we are very worried that the invasions are nearby villages and endangering the lives of women, children and old men. The situation is very serious and need urgent withdrawal of the invaders, before it happens the death of indigenous or of invaders in a confrontation within the indigenous land. “
The Uru Eu Wau Wau were contacted by government agents of FUNAI in 1981. The official policy at the time, was to contact the isolated peoples forcibly. This meant that they were exposed to infectious diseases.
Despite the territorial rights of the tribe have been officially recognized in 1991, many are worried that little is being done to protect your home extremely bio diverse. The uncontacted tribes are the most vulnerable peoples of the planet, and face a catastrophe unless their territorial rights are respected.
Survival’s Director, Stephen Corry, said: “the theft of land is the biggest problem that indigenous peoples face. Around the world, industrialized societies are stealing the indigenous lands in search of profit. This is a continuation of the invasions and genocide that characterized the European colonization of the Americas and Australia. The right of isolated peoples to their land is enshrined in the Federal Constitution and in international law and must be respected, or the consequences will be terrible. “
Indigenous protocols document in court requesting immediate removal of invaders of its territory
12 August 2016
The indigenous people Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau filed on Tuesday (8) document on Oversight of the Federal Police in Rondonia asking for the immediate withdrawal of the invaders of the indigenous land and solution of conflicts in the region. According to the document the action requires urgency since the invaders are armed, making the felling of the forest to make clearings “.
In the document on the absence of monitoring their own indigenous people were removing the invasion of one of the raided areas. At the scene they found three men armed with a machete and sickle, being identified as Dorico and José da Conceição. The third fled, and according to the case report was armed with a shotgun.
“We need the urgent withdrawal of the invaders, before it happens the death of indigenous or of invaders in a confrontation within the indigenous land”, warn.
According to the document, who commands the invasions is Mr. Nelson Bishop, President of the Curupira, “this gentleman comes many years promoting the invasions on indigenous land Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau, having been arrested in operation carried out in 2010 by the environmental police, Ibama and Funai.