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Rescuing for Resistance: The Younger Generation in the Amazon Rainforest (Chinese)

Tupi, 29, became a rainforest defender after a personal process of identity-building that has made her proud of her Tupinamba ethnic origins. She became the first woman in her village to assert that she had faced violence. That was the first step to addressing the issue of gender violence in her village, Sao Francisco, in the Extractivist Reserve of the Tapajos-Aparapiuns rivers. She has encouraged other indigenous women to tell their stories and fight gender violence. Tupi leads a women's support group and has joined the Suraras do Tapajos, a group of indigenous women who defend their identity and the surrounding rainforest territory through activism and traditional music. Right: Tupi in her home village. Left: The territory that Tupi defends: the body of the indigenous women. On her back she has body paint representing a snake, as a symbol of strength. Image by Pablo Albarenga. Brazil, 2019.

Tupi, 29, became a rainforest defender after a personal process of identity-building that has made her proud of her Tupinamba ethnic origins. She became the first woman in her village to assert that she had faced violence. That was the first step to addressing the issue of gender violence in her village, Sao Francisco, in the Extractivist Reserve of the Tapajos-Aparapiuns rivers. She has encouraged other indigenous women to tell their stories and fight gender violence. Tupi leads a women's support group and has joined the Suraras do Tapajos, a group of indigenous women who defend their identity and the surrounding rainforest territory through activism and traditional music. Image by Pablo Albarenga. Brazil, 2019.

In "Seeds of Resistance," Pablo Albarenga and Francesc Badia I Dalmases document the issues young indigenous leaders of the Brazilian Amazon face through a series of stories and photo essays. Their project sheds light on issues related to sexual violence, LGBTQ+ rights, illegal extraction and rampant pollution from outside development forces through the perspective of indigenous land defenders. The project highlights the strength these young men and women have as they continue defending their land in the face of violence and exploitation. To see their most reporting in Chinese, visit the The Initium

Support for this reporting was made possible by the Rainforest Journalism Fund, in association with the Pulitzer Center.