The Yawanawa Peoples are located in the state of Acre, Rio Terra Indigena Gregorio, Municipality of Tarauaca, Brazil. They protect and maintain approximately 198,000 hectares of the Amazon Forest. The strengthening of culture, language, agroforestry, food sovereignty, natural medicines, education, empowerment and leadership of women and spiritual practice are some of the focuses being developed within the Yawanawa peoples.
Shukuvena Village will lead the Indigenous Sustainability Project. The village encourage sustainable indigenous development through regenerative agro-forestry and reforestation, and traditional housing using the ancestral knowledge of the peoples and renewable resources.
In the 1980s the Yawanawa led in the fight for the recognition of their native territories. The Yawanawa became the first indigenous people to obtain the official rights to their lands in the state of Acre.
The Yawanawa have since then reclaimed their sacred medicines, rituals, song and dance, festivals, games, traditional body painting and adornment, artwork and food, in a profound journey of cultural revival.
The village of Yawarany was founded by the father of Hoke Yawanawa, Yawarany. Hoke Yawanawa was learned from his father the history and the stories of the Yawanawa and led in the fight for the demarcation of their lands. Roke's sons Ronnã, Rene, Luan and Ruän are now taught the knowledge and the wisdom of their grandfather and of the older generation.
Assis Kaxinawa is Casique (leader)Txai Masha of Aldeia Pinuya, Huni Kui village located in Acre, Brazil. Pinuya, which means 'Hummingbird' in the native Huni Kui language, is the smallest Huni Kuin indigenous land in the northern region of Acre. To date, the 70 plus families that reside in Pinuya have made enormous efforts and progress over many years to reforest their land as well as planting crops and trees to provide food over 200 people that live in the village. Due to the size and location of their indigenous territory, they are unable to hunt in the forests or go to the river for fishing and therefore rely on other sources for cultivating food.
At the start of the 20th century, the Puyanawa inhabited the headwaters of the affluents of the lower Moa River. After contact, they were forced to live on lands belonging to a prominent farmer from the region, Colonel Mâncio Agostinho Rodrigues Lima. The Puyanawa live in two villages, Barão do Rio Branco and Ipiranga, situated in the municipality of Mâncio Lima in Acre. The main access route is the road, usable all year round. Like many peoples of Acre, the Puyanawa suffered heavily from the boom in rubber extraction in the region at the start of the 20th century. The survivors were forced to work in the rubber extraction areas – the seringais – and quickly found their way of life decimated. The Puyanawa were expelled from the lands, missionized and education in schools that banned any expression of any trace of their culture.
Aldea Caucho, Tarauaca is located in the basins of the Juruá and Purus rivers, Acre, Brazil, led by Casique Naço Kaxinawa. For Caucho and many of the indigenous communities music and art are an important part of their culture that helps teach and maintain cultural values, language and spirituality.
Caucho is focused on developing a centre of intercultural exchange through music, dance and art expressions of indigenous and non-indigenous people near larger urban areas of Acre where many indigenous youth spend part of their time. They envision creating a space where these families can freely and protectively practice their music and art to preserve their wisdom and knowledge through their traditional practices.