Issue #12

Cosmology Indigenous Art Resistance

In this special edition of WtLF we invited Indigenous activist Txai Suruí, of the Paiter Suruí people, to guest edit the entirety of issue #12. Themes include the significance of dreams; colonial impacts; the transmission of Indigenous knowledge; identity and ancestry, and the power of storytelling.

Cover of Issue #12


A Born Activist
Environmental activist Samela Sateré Mawé, from the Sateré Mawé people in the state of Amazonas, is showing how Indigenous youth in Brazil are taking control of their own narrative and using contemporary weapons in the fight to defend their territories.

Waters That Flow
Indigenous artist Seba Calfuqueo’s work explores identity and how binaries introduced through colonisation are still limiting the human and non-human world.

Xingu Resistance
On a visit to the Xingu, Brazilian journalist Yula Rocha encounters Indigenous communities under threat, and meets Indigenous artists and activists using their ancient culture to fight back against agribusiness, logging and a rapacious right-wing government.

The Plant Name-Giver
Mogaje Guihu is a sage of the Nonuya people who possesses the ancestral knowledge of medicinal plants and the ecological systems of the Amazon basin. He comes from a territory known as The Savanna, situated between the Cahuinarí River and the upper part of the Igara Paraná River in Colombia.

This interview explores how the effects of colonisation has triggered a loss of spirituality and affected the whole worldview of the Paiter Suruí people based in the village of Lapetanha, Amazonia, Brazil.

Ya nomaimi! Ya nomaimi! Ya nomaimi!
The book O Desejo dos Outros: Uma Etnografia dos Sonhos Yanomami offers itself to be read like a dream tree with flowers yet to bloom. The Yanomami say that Omama, the demiurge, created the tree of dreams so that humans could dream. When the flowers of this tree bloom, dreams are sent to the Yanomami.

Women of the Earth
An interview with Fabrícia Sabanê, the coordinator of the Associação das Guerreiras Indígenas de Rondônia (AGIR), an organisation working alongside Indigenous women in the State of Rondônia, Brazil, to help them organise and protect their territories and cultures. They are the warrior women fighting for political action.

Uýra Sodoma is a manifestation of the biologist, ecologist, visual artist and art educator Emerson Pontes. Uýra tells stories to and for their community via the emotion of the imagination, made possible through art.

‘You don’t know the spirits of the forest’
Davi Kopenawa is a Yanomami shaman and spokesperson and founder of the Hutukara Yanomami Association. His words rippled throughout the world with the book The Falling Sky: Words of a Yanomami Shaman and Kopenawa continues to advocate for the rights and lives of Indigenous peoples and the future of life on Earth.

A poem by Yacunã Tuxá

The Forest is Life: Reviving Benin’s Sacred Groves
Embracing Earth Jurisprudence means continually decolonising our minds from the destructive stories we are fed daily by corporate powers and political interests.

Edgar Kanaykõ Xakriabá is an anthropologist and photographer from the Xakriabá people, Minas Gerais, Brazil. His work explores the Indigenous gaze as an instrument of struggle and resistance.

Issue #12

Cosmology Indigenous Art Resistance

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