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The ancestral artistic talent of the Mehinako indigenous people

The Mehinako group are indigenous people from the upper Xingú River region, in the state of Mato Grosso, south of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. Just over 200 indigenous people make up this group, which has survived the expeditions of European and Brazilian researchers since the end of the 19th century. Currently, the Mehinakos are one of sixteen ethnic groups that live in the Xingu Indigenous Park nature reserve. Together with the Waurá and Yawalapiti ethnic groups, they belong to the Aruak linguistic family group. Excellent artisans, the Mehinakos preserve their traditional artifacts. The men are responsible for making wooden benches, masks and beiju shovels, in addition to the final lashing of baskets. The women make buriti yarn, hammocks, baskets and...

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The future of Amazon is female indigenous.

Increasing fires and violent deforestation caused by agribusiness and extractive industries is pushing the Amazon forest ecosystem to its brink. Indigenous people from Brazil have been constantly threatened by the harmful invasion of squatters, rogue miners, and illegal loggers in their lands, as well by policies aimed at profit and power, with disastrous consequences for the planet. The illegal encroachment across Indigenous Territories and the unrestrained increase in the destruction of Brazilian biomes are putting the lives and lands of the Brazilian natives at stake. But the indigenous women are stronger than ever and will not shut up until they get respect. GIANTS BY NATURE is a video manifesto that amplifies the female voice from the original people of Brazil's...

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