Sônia Guajajara proclaims « We will not retreat! » as Indigenous peoples gather in the Brazilian capital for a protest to defend their land rights! 

In opposition to PL191, a government bill in Congress that would allow mining and extractive industries on their reservations, 8,000 people representing more than 200 Indigenous nations from many regions of the country are gathered in Brasília for the Free Land Camp mobilization and 10 days of action in support of the Indigenous rights guaranteed in the Constitution.

The Free Land Camp (ATL) will take place from April 4-14, 2022, in Brasília.

Sônia Guajajara

Lawmakers in the lower house of Congress allied to the government are pushing through Bill 191 by using the argument that it is urgently needed to extract potash for fertilizer for Brazil’s grain crops that previously depended on imports from Ukraine, now disrupted by the war. However, Brazil’s potash reserves are located outside of Indigenous territories and the Bolsonaro government’s real intention is to allow gold mining and other extractive industries in Indigenous lands.

Sônia Guajajara is head of the country’s main indigenous organization, the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples (APIB) that represents most of Brazil’s 900,000 indigenous people. 

Guajajara asserts that « We need to increase our voices in Congress! » Currently, there is only one indigenous representative, Congresswoman Joenia Wapichana.  APIB is campaigning to have more indigenous people elected to Congress in the general election later this year.

One of the best ways to help preserve the Amazon Rainforest is to directly help the Indigenous peoples who are protecting it!

Please join me in supporting the Apib, the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil.
They do far more than just petition governments who are benefitting financially from the ongoing destruction. Apib is assisting Indigenous communities address ongoing health issues and, with Indigenous lawyers, they are taking the Brazilian government to court!

Here’s information about the Apib in English, Portuguese and Spanish:


and here:


Please donate here if you’d like to:


Additional information on Indigenous mobilization is here:

 NO to the « Time Limit Trick » – An aberration!

About Barbara Crane Navarro - Rainforest Art Project

I'm a French artist living near Paris. From 1968 to 1973 I studied at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island, then at the San Francisco Art Institute in San Francisco, California, for my BFA. My work for many decades has been informed and inspired by time spent with indigenous communities. Various study trips devoted to the exploration of techniques and natural pigments took me originally to the Dogon of Mali, West Africa, and subsequently to Yanomami communities in Venezuela and Brazil. Over many years, during the winters, I studied the techniques of traditional Bogolan painting. Hand woven fabric is dyed with boiled bark from the Wolo tree or crushed leaves from other trees, then painted with mud from the Niger river which oxidizes in contact with the dye. Through the Dogon and the Yanomami, my interest in the multiplicity of techniques and supports for aesthetic expression influenced my artistic practice. The voyages to the Amazon Rainforest have informed several series of paintings created while living among the Yanomami. The support used is roughly woven canvas prepared with acrylic medium then textured with a mixture of sand from the river bank and lava. This supple canvas is then rolled and transported on expeditions into the forest. They are then painted using a mixture of acrylic colors and Achiote and Genipap, the vegetal pigments used by the Yanomami for their ritual body paintings and on practical and shamanic implements. My concern for the ongoing devastation of the Amazon Rainforest has inspired my films and installation projects. Since 2005, I've created a perfomance and film project - Fire Sculpture - to bring urgent attention to Rainforest issues. To protest against the continuing destruction, I've publicly set fire to my totemic sculptures. These burning sculptures symbolize the degradation of nature and the annihilation of indigenous cultures that depend on the forest for their survival.
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3 Responses to Sônia Guajajara proclaims « We will not retreat! » as Indigenous peoples gather in the Brazilian capital for a protest to defend their land rights! 

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