Thursday, September 14, 2017

Indigenous people of the Amazon: The Guarani people

Indigenous people of the Amazon: The Guarani people

While creating this presentation i learnt about the Guarani people and their cultural significance towards the Amazon rainforest. I learnt that the guarani people were one of the first tribes to be contacted after the early Europeans arrived in the Amazon rain-forest, and it is believed that they were around as early as the 19th century, while others believe they have been around for over 500 years. One of the most significant threats these people have faced, is when their land in Mato Grosso do Sul state, Brazil, was taken from them due to masses of deforestation. Huge cattle ranches and sugar cane plantations were built in the Guarani’s land for Brazil’s biofuels market, but it has pushed the Guarani tribe out of their habitat and forced them to reside somewhere else. I believe this is one of the main reasons why the Amazon is culturally significant to them.

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