Save Xingu Peoples from Destruction

The native indigenous people of the Xingu river of the Amazon Rainforest are being threatened with destruction. These people have lived in Xingu river for thousands of years in a sustainable manner with the beautiful rainforest which they co-exist with and provides them with what they need. They depend on fish from the Xingu river and from the lands which surround it to grow their crops. We would be taking away the ability of these people to feed themselves, and destroying their traditional way of life as they have lived for thousands years.

These are some of the last remaining pre-columbian people, who still live the way they did before arrival of Europeans, who have escaped European conquest, until now. We have lost and disrupted the traditional way of life of most native peoples in the past, it is now time to not repeat the wrongs of the past. All of these things are being threatened, and the traditional way of life and culture of some of the last indigenous people on this planet. This is as a result of a massive dam project which could decimate fish populations in their river and destroy 400 square kilometers of the very rainforests that they depend on for survival. For too long we have caused the native traditional peoples such as this to vanish from the earth, and their culture and way of life. It is now time we do the right thing to make up for hundreds of years of wrongs, now, and protect these last indigenous that remain now. These people have lived in this area for thousands of years and the river and land belongs to them.

The Brazilian government is planning to build what would be the world's third largest dam on the Xingu River in the Brazilian Amazon. The Xingu River in northeast Brazil is a tributary of the Amazon River. The Belo Monte Dam, meant principally to fuel the expansion of aluminum foundries and other industrial plants in the Amazon, would require diverting nearly the entire flow of the Xingu, drying up the Big Bend of the Xingu and its tributary, the Bacaj', home to hundreds of indigenous people. Native people upstream would also be affected by the dam's impacts on fish stocks, their principal food source.

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