Huni Kuin - Kaxinawá
Project Dieta Center & Educational Support Structures
The Deep Forest Foundation has recently approved a new project application from the Associação Povos da Terra to build a place of learning in the village of Boa Vista which is located in the indigenous Alto Rio Jordão region of Acre, Brazil. The center aims to create a unique space for the elders of the community and people with profound knowledge of plant medicines, indigenous traditions, history, and rituals to pass on their experience to new generations, teaching the young of their people to ensure that their unique skills and ancestral experience is passed down generations. It will also be a place where foreigners may be able to learn first hand about indigenous culture and traditions.
To accommodate the needs of the Boa Vista Village, which houses around 200 people and has close to 500 people (neighboring villages and foreign guests) during the time of their festival, the center will be quite a large construction. The implementation of this project is planned for late 2019 into 2020.
In addition to the community cultural center, the complex will include:
2 Ceremonial malokas (structure reserved for ceremony) – 10X10 meters round
6 Accommodations for Pajés (Shamans)- 10 x 5 meters with 2 rooms inside and balcony in front.
5 Modules of 2 Eco Toilets, 10 toilets total -1,70 x 2,70 meters.
2 Kitchens for preparation of dieta foods for Pajés and participants
Location to be implemented: Boa Vista Huni Kuin Village – Upper Jordão River – Amazon – Acre – Brazil.
Association proposing the Project: Associacão Povos da Terra, Main office São Paulo – Brazil. Branch Tarauacá – Acre, Brazil.
Coordination of the project: Marcos Vinicius Romão- President of Associaçao Povos da Terra.
Txana Ikakuru, Boa Vista Village & Team of Carpenters from Tarauacá, Acre, Brazil.
Estimation time of implementation of the project: 3.5 months
Example of indigenous long house
See completed projects here:
Since reclaiming the rights to their homelands in 1984, The Yawanawá have made incredible strides in regaining their almost lost culture, as well as making very progressive cultural movements which include indoctrination of their first two female Pajés (Spiritual Leaders) in 2012.
Their story is an incredible journey of personal development while making a name for themselves on the world stage. They have been actively campaigning around the globe, spreading environmental awareness and a peaceful nurturing spirituality that seeks the unity of all people as unique individuals and works toward balance and respect with the natural world. Learn more about their culture here
With several projects already underway, the Yawanawá residents of Aldeia Nova Esperança (New Hope Village) are seeking assistance in establishing their home lands on the traditional land of their ancestors, as they were displaced during the occupation of the missionaries. They are currently in need of several new fresh water sources, and are currently looking to establish 4 new wells, each estimated at 15000 Reais ($4000).
The Deep Forest Foundation wishes to express its full support of the Yawanawá Aldeia Nova Esperança (New Hope Village) with our first crowdfunding campaign. To learn more about other projects the DFF is a part of, please see our projects page
100% of donations (after collection and transfer fees from GoFundMe) will be delivered to the Yawanawá Aldeia Nova Esperança (New Hope Village) via international transfer to their public ledger.
It is our honor to reach out to the international community to ask for this assistance. Recent elections in Brazil have made the plight of the indigenous much more difficult, as the current administration publicly attacks the indigenous over greed for the resources on their lands and has already started cutting government agencies and support for Brazil's indigenous populations. (See this recent NY Times article) We can't do much about the Brazilian government, but by supporting the projects of the native peoples of Brazil, we can send a clear signal that the international community is in full support of the Indigenous Communities who watch over and preserve the precious Amazonian land and people.
Thank you so much for your generosity and support!