7 indictments of Western civilization from an Amazonian shaman

7 indictments of Western civilization from an Amazonian shamanHis name is Davi Kopenawa, a spiritual leader of the 30,000-strong Yanomami tribe in South America. By way of his autobiography and other conversations, the Guardian recently compiled several of Kopenawa’s observations, calling them “a devastating critique of how the West lives.”
To some, Kopenawa’s thoughts may read like rehearsed lines from a contrived Hollywood script — a Johnny Depp star turn in “A Noble Savage Lands in London.” Nothing more than a colorful mishmash of trite reflections from an ignorant bystander.


THE YOUNGEST HLATIKHULU – History could be recorded if a three-month-old baby believed to be a ‘Sangoma’ turns out to be, as he was born wearing beads and holding tiny bones. The baby’s father is a practising traditional healer and his first born daughter (11) is said to be capable of telling people things about themselves, a skill said to be made possible by the ancestors.

Dangerous to touch, healthy to eat

Dangerous to touch, healthy to eatThe prickly pear cactus has been used for thousands of years for food and medicinal purposes, mostly by Native Americans. The cactus and its fruit, known as “tuna,” are raised commercially around the world. There are approximately 350 varieties. The pads of the cactus are eaten as a vegetable and called nopalito or nopales. On the pads grow small red pears that are very flavorful.

Channel Seven loses legal battle after 'racist portrayal' of tribe

Channel Seven loses legal battle after Channel Seven has lost a three-year legal battle with broadcasting authorities over a current affairs program it aired in 2011 which was deemed to be an inaccurate and racist portrayal of a Brazilian tribe who lived in the Amazon. The battle to overturn the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s original ruling was lost last week when the full federal court dismissed Channel Seven’s appeal and ordered it to pay Acma’s costs.

'People in the west live squeezed together, frenzied as wasps in the nest'

Years ago I met a young Amazonian shaman, or spiritual leader, on his first visit to London. As we went down the escalator into the London Underground I could see he was nervous. All these white people rushing around under the city must be spirits or ghosts, he said. When we emerged, he was himself nearly white, shaken from his cosmological introduction to Britain.