Similarities And Differences Between The Kayapo And Rubber Trappers And The Seringal Bom Futuro Area Exhibit Similarities

897 Words Apr 18th, 2016 4 Pages
In a country known for its elegant and flashy display of beautiful and wealth, there are groups of people, particular in the Amazon Rainforest, who still live detached from modernity and lifestyle of the contemporary world. Even though some of those groups live in voluntary isolation, they are united in their fight for land and environmental rights. One of these groups is the Kayapo, a group of around nine thousand indigenous people, who lives in the village of Gorotire along the Xingu River. Although the Kayapo have famously evolved from an isolated tribute to active voice against numerous developmental projects proposed by the Brazilian government, other groups such as rubber tappers in the Xapuri area have also made significant progress in securing political and cultural rights. While these communities and indigenous groups often share different cultures and customs, they are connected through a common struggle: defending their cultural and political identity amidst oppression and neglect from the Brazilian government. Although the Kayapo and rubber trappers in the Seringal Bom Futuro area exhibit similarities in their struggle for status, they are ethnically and cultural divided. Unlike the Kayapo, rubber tappers are not united by their ethnical background but rather a way of survival. As a tribe of indigenous people, the Kayapo live in “large autonomous villages scattered on both sides of the Xingu River” (Turner 140). Surrounded by tropical rainforest and grassland,…
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