An old boat engine, a two-cylinder diesel Yanmar, made in Brazil, visibly installed on a truck chassis, a few steel plates welded as a cabin, and a solid back box of good wood, make up a vehicle in precarious appearance, but powerful in all its simplicity. Using it for just over a year, the inhabitants of the three villages of indigenous Borarí and Arapiun of the Maró Indigenous Land (TI Maró), in Brazil, can cover the entire perimeter of their territory in a few days. This is something that on foot, as was done before, takes a lot longer: about two long weeks.
This story was originally published in the Spanish-language publication El País. Read the story in Spanish here.