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What will be of our future...?

Two young Guaranis look out across the horizon from their village Krucutu, situated in a little of what is left of the Atlantic Rainforest of Brazil.........

 

Their view is probably as diffused as that of the Guarani people today, who in spite of five centuries of contact with Brazilian society, still try to maintain their cultural traditions, although facing serious difficulties in sustaining a dignified and healthy lifestyle. Like most indigenous peoples around the world, their natural and well-balanced environment has been gradually destroyed by the egoism of modern man in his continuous strive for prosperity development.

 

Only 6% of their natural habitat, the Atlantic Rainforest, still exists in Brazil, where the small Indian reserves allocated to them by the government have little remaining of the original virgin forest necessary to sustain their daily needs and because of this degradation of the surrounding areas of the Atlantic Forest, it is difficult to recover the original relations between indians, animals and flora.

  

Yesterday I was invited by a young leader of the Guarani tribe situated not far from us, to experience one of the traditional rituals practiced by their people. So together with a small group of underprivileged children from our Hummingbird Project, we spent a day and a night together with the many humble Guaranis of the Krukutu village who were present for the occasion. It was a unique opportunity.

 

I have no images to share with you from the ritual as photography is not permitted in the Opy'i, the Guarani's traditional house of prayer, although I can assure you that it was a most special moment. Nevertheless, I will be sharing with you some other wonderful moments during our children's stay there and I am quite sure that this unique experience will surely be safe-guarded in the minds and spirits of both myself, our children and those from Hummingbird who were fortunate enough to be with us during our short stay there.

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Taken on September 23, 2011