Arara Indians in Brazilian Amazon Finally Given Right to Their Land
The Brazilian government of President Dilma Rousseff awarded a large area of land to the last remnants of the Arara Indians whose cultural and physical survival was threatened in the 1970s when the military government then ruling Brazil built a highway through their homeland.Leader and Last Ever Shaman of Tiny Amazon Tribe Dies in Brazil
Konibu, leader and last shaman of the Akuntsu people, has died aged around 80. He leaves behind the last four Akuntsu who survived the catastrophe of first contact, including his widow Aramira and daughter Inuteia.Mystical Politics: Shamans in Peru Perform Election Rituals
A group of Peruvian shamans faced off Monday in a duel of rituals to bring an election victory either to Keiko Fujimori or to rival Pedro Pablo Kuczynski in the June 5 presidential runoff. The rituals were celebrated by six shamans, four in favor of Fujimori and two supporting Kuczynski, outside Lima’s National Stadium.Paris Auction House Cancels Sale of Acoma Shield
The planned sale of an Acoma tribal treasure Monday was canceled after a Paris auction house withdrew the item from bidding. The EVE Auction House’s decision to cancel the sale of a shield used in Acoma religious ceremonies came after a week of intense lobbying by New Mexico’s Acoma tribe and high-level federal government officials, including Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.Panama Indigenous Group Calls for Help Fighting Unwanted Dam
A movement of Ngabe Bugle people in Panama have made a call for help in the face of the impending advance of the controversial Barro Blanco hydroelectric dam in their territories despite having won a suspension of the project, Prensa Latina reported Sunday.