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Yawanawa Indigenous Leaders Tell Their Comeback Story At TEDWomen 2016

by Christin VanZant last modified Nov 14, 2016 12:21 AM
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The Yawanawa tribe of the Amazon rainforest are in the midst of a rebirth, one that involves access to education, leadership roles for women and economic projects that sustainably utilize forest resources. The Yawanawa people’s journey back from the brink involves a life plan that guides them in preserving their territory and traditions, and fighting climate change in the process. At a TEDWoman talk today, the Yawanawa people tell their story.

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27 October 2016 | When Laura Soriano arrived in her new husband’s native community 16 years ago, the Yawanawa people were in danger of becoming a lost culture of the Amazon rainforest, like other indigenous cultures gone extinct in the region.

The tribe was still reeling from the loss of life and territory suffered at the hands of rubber barons, missionaries, and other outsiders for much of the 20th century. Women had virtually no voice in community affairs and decision-making. And with no schools available to them, some young Yawanawa left the rainforest to seek education and jobs in Brazilian cities.

Today, that Yawanawa tribal community is in the midst of a rebirth – and the role women play in the community has undergone a radical change as well.



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