I am an Amazonian shaman, my name is Davi Kopenawa, AMA!
Olá Reddit! My name is Davi Kopenawa. I live in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil, in a village called Watoriki, or ‘the windy mountain.’ I am a shaman and spokesperson for the Yanomami, the largest relatively isolated tribe in South America.
I’m in San Francisco, California with the organization Survival International for a series of talks about the campaign to demarcate Yanomami territory and the importance of preserving the Amazon for all of humanity. The first is tonight at the Presidio Trust at 7pm. Learn more here: www.survivalinternational.org/davi
I’ve also recently written a book called The Falling Sky with French anthropologist Bruce Albert: http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674724686
Fiona Watson, Survival’s research director, will be translating my answers from Portuguese.
edit: I'm leaving now, but I'm sending you all a message, all of you here: all of you who want to know how we indigenous peoples are living, you want to know whether we are protected or not, I'm saying that we are protected a bit. We have friends like Survival, Rainforest Foundation from Norway, CAFOD, FUNAI, the public ministry, our indigenous organizations, like Hutukara Yanomami Association, and many indigenous peoples who are fighting together. I'm telling you this, so that you'll be happy knowing this. But I need help from the people of the United States. Keep watching, and if you want, support the indigenous organizations in our projects, and this will help conserve the Amazon rainforest. That's my message to you all. Obrigado.