Cristianne Rodrigues
Curator

Ancestral fight

Edgar KANAYKÕ

2019

Fidé, Paris

It is estimated that 5 million natives lived in Brazil when the Portuguese arrived in 1500. Today, they are only 900,000, or 0.4% of the Brazilian population. Belonging to 305 ethnic groups, speaking about 200 native languages, they offer their country an extraordinary cultural diversity.

Yet these five centuries of history have been a permanent threat to Indians’ culture and identity as a direct result of the tragic spoliation of their lands.

Among the Indians of Brazil, indeed, the struggle for land has been an incessant struggle since the sixteenth century. For these populations, the territory represents the guarantee of being able to live in the integrity of their culture, as provided for in the 1988 Constitution. Called the Citizens Constitution, it recognized, for the first time, indigenous peoples in their cultural specificity, their guaranteeing the right to live on the land of their ancestors, under the protection of the State. This right is widely threatened today.

In April 2017, a large gathering in Brasilia brought together representatives of various ethnic groups from across the country to protest the multiple threats to these peoples. The photographer Edgar Kanaykõ (1990), himself from an indigenous people, the Xakriabá, captured this historic event.

If there is an inheritance that the Xakriabá are sure to bequeath to their children, it is the struggle.

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