Living Gaia e.V. has been working with the Indigenous Huni Kuin in the Jordão region in the Brazilian state of Acre since 2014.
It is our concern to combine the knowledge and wisdom of the Indigenous cultures of the Amazon with the knowledge and wisdom of "Western cultures". Both sides can learn from this dialogue and support each other in shaping their future. That's why we're excited about the close bond we've built with the Huni Kuin.
The Huni Kuin, like most indigenous peoples in Brazil, face growing changes, threats and challenges. In the last few years in particular, we have seen a massive increase in violence, expulsion, deforestation, etc. Supporting local indigenous communities and protecting the Amazon rainforest is a big task. We help the Huni Kuin to increase protected territory and strengthen their culture and traditional ways of life.
The indigenous inhabitants of the Amazon have been the key players in the protection of this special habitat for thousands of years. For hundreds of generations, they have not only protected the forest from exploitation and destruction, but also actively shaped this ecosystem and contributed to its diversity.
The task of Living Gaia e.V. is to support the Huni Kuin in this work. Our special focus is on the cooperation and empowerment of the Huni Kuin women.
The Huni Kuin
The Huni Kuin are an indigenous people of the Brazilian state of Acre and neighboring Peru. Not contacted until the early 20th century, they have gone through various stages of suffering and narrowly escaped extinction. Today they fight to protect their culture, which is intertwined with the Amazon rainforest. The Huni Kuin strive to pass on their diverse knowledge of the forest to future generations so that it is not lost. The forest signifies shelter, shelter, food, and medicine and is the school of life. The Huni Kuin have recovered from the decimation of the forest. In addition to everyday problems such as food shortages, drinking water pollution and inadequate medical care, it is above all the continuous loss of the forest that threatens the future of coming generations. Most of the Huni Kuin now live sedentarily in villages. Some uncontacted groups continue to lead nomadic lives to this day. These isolados are particularly vulnerable to forest destruction. There is an informative 30 minute film about the Huni Kuin and their history (in Portuguese with English subtitles).