As the Yanomami spokesman and shaman Davi Kopenawa says in his book The Falling Sky : « In any case, our elders only had to inhale this unknown smoke to die of it very quickly … This is how we came to know the power of the white people’s xawara epidemics… More than enough of us have already died of the xawara epidemics the white people propagated in the past.
We saw the white people spread their epidemic and kill us with their guns. We saw them destroy the forest and the rivers. We know that they can be greedy and evil and that their thought is often full of darkness.
But we also know that all the white people’s words could only disappear from our mind if they stopped invading and destroying our land. Then everything would be quiet like it used to be and we would live alone in the forest again. Our minds would become as untroubled as our ancestors’ in the beginning of time. But this will probably never happen! »
LISTEN TO THE YANOMAMI SHAMAN’S MESSAGE:
PLEASE, PLEASE DON’T BUY OR WEAR GOLD!