Indians from Brazil Get Land They Had for 400 Years

The homologation of Brazil’s Raposa Serra do Sol indigenous reserve last week legitimized the Indians’ title to lands they have occupied for around four centuries. This is what the archeological records show.

Characteristics of the language, in turn, reveal even more remote origins. The Indians of the state of Roraima are likely descendants of Caribbean tribes that have lived on the American continent for four thousand years.


“The occupation of this region by the Indians is immemorial. Some registers survive in figurative form in the oral tradition, in the myths and legends of the tribe,” affirms Paulo Santilli, professor of Anthropology and Ethnology of the University of the State of São Paulo (Unesp).


“For centuries the Raposa was a target of invasions. Under these circumstances, conflicts were inevitable. Homologation is, in general, a pacifying measure. It meets long-standing indigenous grievances,” he remarked.


The National Indian Foundation (Funai) used Santilli’s studies in its demarcation of the Raposa Serra do Sol. He has been researching the Indians of the region for 15 years.


His studies reveal the multiple invasions that the Raposa’s indigenous communities have suffered. As far back as the era of colonization, Dutch, English, Spanish, and Portuguese were attracted to the region by its abundance of rivers.


ABr

Tags:

You May Also Like

Brazil Gets Pet Love Motel to Be Rented by the Hour with Mirrors on the Ceiling

Brazil is home to a 32-million-strong canine population the world’s second largest after the ...

Brazilian Shoe Exports Are Down 20 Million Pairs. Thousands Protest in Brasí­lia

Three thousand representatives of the Brazilian leather and footwear sector were in BrasÀ­lia to ...

Brazil President in Cuba: He Who Has No Human Rights Problem, Cast the First Stone

During an interview today in Havana, Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff told reporters that the ...

Brazilian CEO of Anheuser-Bush InBev Vows Best Beer in a Better World

Despite all the economic uncertainty Belgian-Brazilian brewery InBev, led by a Brazilian, announced today, ...

Marcos Marcondez, 31, the piano teacher

Death Pact? Girl, 13, and Piano Teacher Found Dead in Brazil’s Motel Bed

Death pact is one of the hypotheses being raised by the Brazilian police, which ...

Ethanol and gasoline station in Brazil

Brazil’s Ethanol to Quench 10% of World’s Thirst for Gasoline

Brazil, India, China, the United States and the European Union have created a forum ...

Former President Confirms: Brazil Was Ready to Build A-Bomb

Former Brazilian President José Sarney revealed that the military dictatorship that ruled Brazil for ...

Brazil Intent on Spreading Ethanol and Hybrid Cars Throughout C.A.

A concrete result of the Brazil-Cental American and Caribbean Integration System (SICA) summit in ...

Lack of Land Is Major Reason for High Mortality Among Brazilian Indians

The Brazilian Indianist Missionary Council (CIMI) registered the murders of 38 Indians last year ...

Arabs and Brazil Keep the Talks and Deals Going

The Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce (CCAB), in partnership with the Brazilian Export Promotion ...