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Story Publication logo April 16, 2020

Video: Voices of the Forest | Ailton Krenak (Portuguese)

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Image by Le Monde Diplomatique. Brazil, 2020.
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In 1987, leaders of rubber tappers and Indigenous peoples joined together to demand the demarcation...

Image by Le Monde Diplomatique. Brazil, 2020.
Image by Le Monde Diplomatique. Brazil, 2020.

"Let's see how attacks against the forest and against forest peoples, against the very idea of florestania (forest citizenship) turn out. If the legacy of the Forest Peoples Alliance (Aliança dos Povos da Floresta) is still capable of having transformative power."

In this interview, Ailton discusses the idea of a Forest Peoples Alliance, what it means to be Indigenous in Brazil today, the ideas of redemption and identity, the importance of memory, the ways that Indigenous peoples work with forests, the relationship between social movements and politics, and the contradictions and challenges for all Brazilians in the current moment in history.

To view the full interview in Portuguese, click here.

"Vamos ver como que a gente vai seguir daqui pra frente com o ataque contra a floresta e contra o povo da floresta, contra a própria ideia da florestania. Se o legado da Aliança dos Povos da Floresta ainda é capaz de criar alguma potência transformadora", disse Ailton. 

Nesta entrevista ele fala sobre a ideia da Aliança para os dias de hoje, o que é ser índio no Brasil, a ideia de resgate e identidade, a importância da memória, o modo de gestão territorial indígena, a relação dos movimentos sociais com a política institucional e as contradições e desafios que o atual momento histórico coloca a todos os brasileiros.

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