Thongchai Thailand

Impacts of the Industrial Economy

Kayapo Tribe September 2012

AN Amerindian group called the Kayapo has protected an a vast Amazon ecosystem against a crushing wave of development their tribal lands are the largest tract of protected tropical forest in the world. In contrast to stories of indigenous people exploited by the extraction of resources from their territories, the Kayapo offer a remarkable success story.. Their success is a direct result of who they are: warriors, whose strong sense of community and ritual traditions has allowed them to protest, pressure…and prevail.

At the start of 2011, the Brazilian government approved the $17 million construction of the Belo Monte dam on the Xingu River. Projected to be the world’s third-largest hydroelectric dam, the project has faced fierce opposition by the Kayapo, environmentalists, and international figures.

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