Adam Wernick – Public Radio International, 3/10/2014
Most experts agree that when it comes to protecting the rainforest, no one does it better than the indigenous people who have lived there for centuries. Megaron Ti, a chief of the Kayapo tribe in Brazil, recently travelled to North America — in time to see the snow and ice of New York and Toronto — to seek support for his people.
“I’ve come to explain to the public about how we live,” Megaron says. “About the land — the forest that the Brazilian government has demarcated for us and our struggle to preserve this forest.”
The Kayapo and other indigenous people of South America have battled the forces of progress and modernization for decades. In the early part of the 20th century, the Kayapo faced the onslaught of miners, loggers, rubber tappers, ranchers and missionaries. Today, the threats to the forest and the old traditions are different, but no less dire.