Indigenous people

  • Tourist ban leaves Brazil's indigenous lands vulnerable to loggers
    When indigenous communities barred tourists to protect themselves from the coronavirus, they knew they were forgoing income. But they did not foresee the loggers would move in RIO DE JANEIRO, August 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When the coronavirus first hit Brazil in early March, local indigenous leaders barred tourists from the trails on Monte Pascoal, the first piece of land Portuguese colonizers saw as they arrived 520 years ago. Usually, some of the about 120 inhabitant
  • Indigenous land intrusions help drive higher virus death toll in the Amazon
    The rate of COVID-19 deaths among indigenous people in Brazil's Amazon is nearly 250% higher than in the general population, new data shows SAO PAULO, August 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The rate of coronavirus deaths among indigenous people in Brazil's Amazon is nearly 250% higher than in the general population, for reasons ranging from a lack of access to healthcare to invasions of indigenous land, researchers said. The fatality rate among COVID-19-infected indigen
  • Revisiting Indigenous Peoples’ resilience
    Indigenous rights activists in Nagaland discuss 2020 International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples’ theme ‘COVID-19 and Indigenous Peoples’ Resilience’ with The Morung Express   Morung Express News Dimapur | August 8 The COVID-19 global pandemic has made a massive impact on societies and economies across the planet and amplified issues of both preparedness and vulnerability, especially among indigenous peoples of the world. On the e
  • Kayapó chief dies from COVID-19 in Brazil, led protest against Amazon dam
    BRASILIA, June 18 (Reuters): Brazil's indigenous people lost one of their pioneering leaders to COVID-19 on Wednesday with the death of Paulinho Payakan, a Kayapó chief who led protests against the Belo Monte hydro-electric dam in the 1980s.   Alongside Kayapó chief Raoni and musician Sting, Payakan helped bring international attention to the environmental and social cost of building the world's third largest dam on the Xingu river in the Amazon ra