Tag Archives: Brazil

Carlos Drummond de Andrade – José

And now, José? the party’s over, the light is out, the people have gone, the night has chilled, and now, José? and now, you? you who are nameless, who scoffs at others you who versifies, who loves, protests? and now, … Continue reading

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I hope you will enjoy this evocative poem by Manuel Bandeira.  Across the world voices rise in song but are lost in the cacophony of language and time.  It is a privilege to make some voices accessible to those who … Continue reading

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How the Internet May Save the Amazon

May the worms not win The Amazon region of Brazil is beset with conflicting isometrically opposed pressures .  There is the vast, unimaginable forest hiding untold secrets under an ocean of green.  This is patrimony.  This ocean is being eaten away, … Continue reading

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Ashaninka: A People in Transition Adapting to the Internet

There are many stories documenting the sad story of the indigenous people of Brazil and Peru moving into a soft focus of the past as the economics and culture of the 21st century renders them redundant.  This is not such … Continue reading

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Terra Preta, “The Lost City of Z,” Amazon Mystery

For background do click on the NYT article.  To those who think that there may be some validity to the notion that early explorers were right in their reports of a large population density in the Amazon backcountry where soil quality would indicate … Continue reading

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Zé Claudio Ribeiro da Silva: Dead in Fight to Save Amazon

This is a testament to a tree hugger and his wife.  A couple whose lives ended for informing on lumber interests that must cut down the forest and move on.  Who informed on the cattle interests who converted the clear … Continue reading

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Danger on the River in Brazil: – Not Huckleberry Finn

Most know I love Brazil. My knowledge is, however, peripheral.  That is, from Rio south to Porto Alegre.  Brazil is big.  There is a lot to see between Rio and Porto Alegre – a lot.  It’s like looking at a … Continue reading

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How the Guarani Die in Rio Grande do Sul

Occasionally people get arrested, occasionally the government comes to the aid of the indigenous asserting their rights.  The fact is that it is the fazendeiro (rancher) who pays the local taxes that pay the judges and the police.  Even the … Continue reading

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Awa Under Siege: Brazil’s Lumber Refugees

This could be a story of America’s west one hundred years ago and we all (almost all) grieve about the maltreatment of our indigenous peoples.  Custer, The Choctaw’s Long March, the indian wars, ad nauseum.   While we grieve, Brazil’s … Continue reading

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Belo Monte: Children of the Xingu

  These are the children of the Xingu River. These are the faces that may be displaced as the Belo Monte dam floods the land and people behind the dam. Perhaps you would like to send them a picture of … Continue reading

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