AMAZON FOREST, BRAZIL
"The Amazon Forest has defined my work and who I am. The ancient trees, the wisdom and cosmology of indigenous communities, the powerful water: lakes, rivers and rain it has all transformed me."
Maria Eduarda Souza
The Brazilian Amazonia is a living organism that occupies 50% of the Brazilian territory. Most of this area is not protected and is currently being threatened by development projects. Between 2008 and 2015, Maria Eduarda dedicated herself to the protection of the forest and its people. Her work weaved several actions and projects. Below you can find some of these stories:
UNSUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEMS
Partnership with National Geographic photographer George Steinmetz to harvest and share a story about the deforestation surrounding Indigenous National Parks and protected areas in the Legal Amazonia in Brasil. From indigenous villages and untouched rivers to industrial farming and sawmills Maria and George travelled and documented the reality, threats and prestige places within the rainforest. This work developed several talks, articles (including GEO Magazine) on how the social and environmental impacts of food system in Brazil. View the complete story album here.
UNITED NATIONS PERMANENT FORUM FOR INDIGENOUS ISSUES (UNPFII)
Participation and speech at the 13th UNPFII in New York. Maria Eduarda accompanied, translated and supported the indigenous chief Kotok Kamayurá representing the Xingu Indigenous Territory to denounce the pollution and deforestation in the borders of the Xingu Indigenous Territory. Maria Eduarda supported the development of the letter that was delivered in agreement to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous people. View the speech here (UN web TV).
CREATION OF A BUFFER ZONE
The development and implementation of the conservation unit Oriximiná, a private land in the southern border of the Xingu Indigenous Territory. The region has been exploited by the agribusiness of raising cattle and growing GMO soy and corn. The Oriximiná Land was dedicated to protect the border of the Xingu Indigenous Territory and its local environment. This is an extensive conservation work still in progress by people on the ground.
Research and documentation of the Kamayurá myths and culture. The work was published in articles and essays through out different medias. This investigation also led to the development of a series of workshops and lectures on indigenous culture and their relationship with nature. What can we learn from our indigenous ancestors? Contact us to learn more.
Revitalisation the school on the Ipavu village in the Xingu Indigenous Territory with bio construction techniques and permaculture. The project also facilitated the exchange of knowledge between permaculture experts and indigenous people.
TRADITIONAL CEREMONY AND SACRED RITUAL
Witnessing traditional ceremonies and rituals enacted by indigenous tribes. Documenting and unravelling the meaning of these sacred acts and how can it serve our modern society. Sharing workshops on how the connection between the human and non human community is a gateway for our connection with the Earth. It is through sacred ceremony and rituals we begin to understand indigenous cosmology.
Talks & Lectures
The work developed in the Amazon Forest led to a series of stories and knowledge shared through different medias worldwide.
Contact us to learn more, develop a project, schedule a workshop or lecture.