Supporting the Indigenous People of the Brazilian Amazon in Acre

Supporting the indigenous people of the Brazilian Amazon in Acre to preserve their knowledge and wisdom.

Claudia Community November 19, 2017 at 5:00 pm
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The founders of the Edinburgh Shamanic Centre and the charity Community Foundation for Planetary Healing are currently supporting Leticia Yawanawa on her endeavour aiding the Apurina  people of the Brazilian Amazon. Leticia is the co-ordinator of the women’s association who defends indigenous rights and women’s rights in the Amazon. The Apurina elders would like to build a centre where they can gather and do healing work with their people. They also would like to have a space where they can teach their healing arts to the next generation. This project will support the indigenous people of Camicua in the state of Acre, within the Amazon region of Brazil.

The future health and welfare of humanity will be determined, to a great extent, by the fate of the rainforests. Tropical forest plants serve as vital resources for the eradication and prevention of diseases, but we could easily lose these plants as well as the traditional knowledge that can unlock their potential if tropical ecosystems and indigenous cultures are not preserved intact

In giving a donation you are helping preserve the culture of the indigenous people of the Amazon, which has a crucial global impact for healing medicines and for your own fellow human beings survival in the face of mass deforestation and the damage of the lungs of the world by logging and gold mining. One day we, or our family, may require healing from a vital plant found in this part of our world.

Approximately 7,000 medical compounds prescribed by Western doctors are derived from plants. Seventy percent of the 3,000 plants identified by the United States National Cancer Institute as having potential anti-cancer properties are endemic to the rainforest. Tropical forest species serve Western surgery and internal medicine in three ways. First, extracts from organisms can be used directly as drugs. For maladies ranging from nagging headaches to lethal contagions such as malaria, rainforest medicines have provided modern society with a variety of cures and pain relievers.

Quinine, an aid in the cure of malaria, is an alkaloid extracted from the bark of the cinchona tree found in Latin America.

From the deadly poisonous bark of various curare lianas, used by generations of indigenous peoples in Latin America, has been isolated the alkaloid d-turbocuarine, which is used to treat such diseases as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and other muscular disorders. It also permits tonsillectomies, eye, abdominal and other kinds of surgery due to its anesthetic qualities.

Medicinal plants that shaman’s use for healing could conceivably be building blocks for new drugs or even cures for things like cancer or AIDS if we, as one humanity, work together supporting one another. It is not about one person profiting, it is about humanity coming together and truly supporting ancient cultures to thrive. If the indigenous people thrive, we thrive, if they don’t survive, we don’t survive. They are the guardians of what is left of our forests and they are the guardians of ancient forms of healing. By helping them, we are helping our children and future generations.

For thousands of years, indigenous groups have made extensive use of the materials contained in the rainforest to meet their health needs. Forest dwellers in the Amazon, for example, use around 6,500 different plants to treat their ills. Shamans were the first medical specialists in indigenous communities, and their traditional methods are known to be effective in treating both physical and psychological ailments. The World Health Organization estimates that 80 percent of the people in developing countries still rely on traditional medicine for their primary health care needs. Without money, access to, or faith in modern facilities, indigenous people depend on shamans, herbal healers, and rainforest plants for their survival. Shamans also play a crucial role in helping scientists to discover the potentials of plants. As one scientist has said, “Each time a medicine man dies, it is as if a library has been burned down”. There is much yet to be learned from local shamans, yet their individual and cultural survival is seriously threatened as modern loggers, miners, multinational corporations, and landless farmers invade and decimate the forest.

In supporting the building of this centre for the Apurina people in the Acre region of Brazil, you are having an immediate and direct impact on the survival of 18 tribes of the Amazon. In supporting this project you are not only preserving an endangered culture but saving the lives of a people who have lived for thousands of years in one of the most important areas for the continued ecological balance of our planet. When you tell other people what you have contributed to, you can raise your head with pride that you are making a significant difference to the indigenous people of the Brazilian Amazon and the ecological health of the world.

Thank you!