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Images, Struggle and Resistance . Edgar Kanaykõ Xakriabá

Edgar Kanaykõ Xakriabá

Images, Struggles and Resistance

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Edgar Kanaykõ Xakriabá - Resistência
Resistência

Throughout my life’s trajectory, I have been developing this work with images, through Ethnophotography: “a means of registering aspects of culture – the life of a people.” Making photography a new “tool” of struggle, enabling the “other” to see with another view, what an indigenous people is. Therefore, I use photography as a means, also, of describing aspects of our (indigenous) cultures with a proper look from those who experience such realities. As I am part of the Xakriabá people, for example, I have the possibility of capturing things which previously would not have been possible for those who are not members of the group. Ethnophotography makes possible relations with the people and that influences directly and indirectly in the processes of image capture, in which it is beyond what the eye (photographic) can see.

One of the agendas is that of the indigenous movement, whose main objective is the struggle for the guarantee of rights historically usurped by the State, in which the struggle for territory is the main demand. In addition to the current scenario in which the world is living due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, in Brazil, indigenous peoples are experiencing drama guided by the Government’s policies to exterminate nature and the traditional peoples that inhabit it. Faced with all this, indigenous peoples once again face the struggle against an outstanding genocide, where they kill bodies, wisdom, humans, non-humans, nature and culture in the name of a (capitalist) system that is increasingly doomed to fail. And once again, indigenous peoples are increasingly showing themselves as being beyond just the past, but also the present and especially the future of this planet.


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You can support organisations that are fighting to protect Indigenous peoples and territories from Covid-19 in the Amazon. Please donate if you are able or spread the word: Hutukara Yanomami Association and FOIRN, the Federation of Indigenous Organizations of the Rio Negro.

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