YAWANAWÁ REFORESTATION PROJECT
YAWANAWA REFORESTATION PROJECT
Yawanawá indigenous territory is located in the Brazilian Amazon.
There are over 1200 Yawanawá with nine villages along the Rio Gregorio in Acre, Brazil. They are the guardians of nearly half a million acres (187,400 hectares) of Amazonian rainforest, with an estimated perimeter around 245 kilometers. Their livelihood is connected to hunting, fishing and agriculture. The Reforestation Project arose from reflections made by the community of Mutum on the quality of life in which the Yawanawá currently live.
By reforesting the area with native and regional fruits, as well as native and regional plants, it is possible to have more abundance in the village and better overall quality of life.
The idea of reforesting goes beyond having a good quality of life though. The project brings with it the ability to continue Yawanawá culture and traditions as well. Awareness and education in caring for the forest when planting trees and fruits is greater than just planting a tree — it is the planting of hope, the planting of life, and the planting of appreciation in the hearts of the young people to continue the work into the future.
“To plant is to bring our customs back, as it has everything to do with our food and our food is directly linked to study and spiritual growth according to Yawanawá knowledge.”
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