As the Yanomami spokesman Davi Kopenawa says: “Today there are not many great shamans left in our forest. The gold smoke of epidemics nearly completely emptied it.Our fathers and our grandfathers did not trust the white people and had always feared their epidemic fumes. They did not know that they had come to mark the edges of Brazil in the middle of our land. They never imagined that later these people’s children and grandchildren would come back in large numbers to dig gold from the rivers.
They never thought that these outsiders would one day chase them from their homes to take their land! Then the xawara epidemics arrive in their footsteps and we immediately start dying one after another! We are the few inhabitants of the forest who survived your fathers’ and grandfathers’ epidemic fumes. This is why I want to speak to you. Do not be deaf to my words! Stop your people from ravaging our land and making us die too!
You don’t understand why we want to protect our forest? Ask me, I will answer you! Our ancestors were created with it in the beginning of time. Since then, our people have eaten its game and its fruit. We want our children to grow up here laughing. In the past, many of our people perished from your epidemics. Today I refuse to let their children and grandchildren die from the gold smoke! Chase the gold miners out of our home! They are harmful beings whose thought is dark. They are metal eaters covered in deadly xawara epidemic smoke.
The white people tell that a Portuguese man said that he discovered Brazil long ago. These outsiders’ ancestors did not discover this land! They arrived in it as visitors. But they relentlessly devastated it and cut it up into pieces, then shared them out amongst themselves. They claimed it was empty in order to take control of it. This same lie continues to this day. Our ancestors and those of all the inhabitants of the forest already lived here long before the white people arrived.
Before the epidemic fumes decimated them, our people were numerous here. In those distant times, the factories and the metal machines did not exist. There were no motors, no airplanes, and no cars. There was no oil and no gas. Men, the forest, and the sky were not sick from these things yet.
For me, only the forest is a precious good.”https://barbara-navarro.com/2020/10/11/the-cartier-foundation-epitomizes-the-insidious-practice-of-using-an-art-foundation-to-seduce-the-public-into-believing-that-its-merchandise-and-business-model-is-actually-the-opposite-of-its-true/