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„Kampf um Amazonien – Die Internet Indianer“

Kampf um Amazonien – Die Internet Indianer

Ilka Franzmann (Deutschland) - 43 min

Thursday, 11. Nov. 2010 from 14:00 Congress Graz - Blauer Salon       

“The Internet is our weapon. We are no more fighting with arrow and bow”, declares Benki Piyako, the son of the chieftain of the Ashaninka Indians in the Brazilian rain forests of the Amazonas. The Ashaninka live in the border region of Brazil and Peru. Their region is rich of precious tropic wood and therefore attracts regularly illegal groups of tree fellers. Whenever the Indians hinder the wood mafia, their villages are assaulted; the inhabitants are killed or hunted away. The situation has changed since a Brazilian NGO began to deliver Internet stations to the isolated indigene people a couple of years ago. The fight for the rights of the indigene peoples has improved considerably. The Ashaninka produced head-lines and they give a living example of how Indian traditions can be combined with modern technology and responsibility for the environment.