Kayapo Way of Life

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The Kayapo Indians live in the Amazon River Basin of Brazil with villages along the Xingu River. Vanderbilt reports that their population in 2003 was 7,096. They inhabit over 28.4 million acres of the Amazonian Rainforest. This land was received formally via land reserves from Brazil in the 1980’s and 1990’s. The land is mostly tropical rainforest and grassland. The Kayapo live in balance with their natural ecosystem. The indigenous people hunt, fish, and practice slash and burn agriculture. The Kayapo way of life is ever threatened by mining, logging and the threat of Brazilian developers who wish to build the world’s 3rd largest dam (Belo Monte) along with a series of support dams. I support the Kayapo rights to preserve their…show more content…
The most notable example is the Kayapo business relationship with The Body Shop. Since 1991, The Body Shop has been buying oil processed by the Kayapo. The `Trade Not Aid' project has long been the centerpiece of The Body Shop's attempt to market itself as a socially responsible business. Although the relationship between the Kayapo and The Body Shop has reportedly been strained, this is an example of how the Kayapo have learned to coexist with outsiders in business. Additionally, I support the Kayapo’s efforts to stop the construction of dams in the region. According to Amazonwatch.org the Brazilian government is moving forward "at any cost" with plans to build the third-largest dam in the world and one of the Amazon's most controversial development projects – the Belo Monte dam on the Xingu River in the state of Pará. Belo Monte's three reservoirs will flood 400 square kilometers of agricultural land and forest. If this project proceeds, it would all but wipe out the Kayapo and their way of life. Finally, the Brazilian government and the rest of the world must come to realize that the increasing destruction of the rain forest threatens the delicate balance between humans, plants, and animals. The Kayapo have successfully maintained this balance for thousands of years. We have an obligation to ensure they are able to continue to maintain this balance. In
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