Samela Awia, 25, native to the Satere Mawé people, with her eyes fixed on her two smartphones and an imposing feather headdress in her long brown hair, is set to post a new video on Instagram.
This is a mini-report for its 55,000 subscribers, where it travels with several thousand representatives of indigenous peoples who have come to defend their rights and culture at the heart of the annual Terra Livre (Free Land) camp in Brasilia.
“Hello, I’m Samela and I’m at the locals camp,” says the young impressive in this video, wearing a coconut shell crochet bustier and big blue flower-shaped earrings. .
“Come with me, I’ll show you what’s going on here!” he continues.
Originally from Manaus (north), the largest metropolis of the Brazilian Amazon, Samela Awia describes herself as an “artisan and digital activist” on her various social networks.
In this edition of the camp, which ends on Thursday, attendees have protested specifically against far-right President Jair Bolsonaro’s environmental policies and government-backed bills aimed at allowing mining and agricultural exploitation of indigenous reserves.
Beyond the demonstrations in front of places of power in the capital, more and more young people like Samila Awia are betting on social networks to raise awareness not only about other natives like them, but also about the entire Brazilian population. “just war”.
About 900,000 Native Americans currently live in Brazil (0.5% of the population) and their reservations cover 13% of the country’s territory.
“Indigenous leaders who were there before us had other methods of warfare, other weapons. Young people have this new weapon that is starting to change the situation,” Samela Awia told AFP.
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Tukuma Pataxo, 22, from the south (northeast) state of Bahia also knows how to wield this new weapon.
One of its goals: to break down prejudices about Brazil’s indigenous peoples.
In one of his latest videos, he ironically addresses a question he’s been asked repeatedly: “Aren’t you too modern for a native?”
“Should we stand in time?” says.
The young man, who has 172,000 subscribers on Instagram, is a celebrity in the Terra Livre camp. At every step, he is stopped by other locals who ask them to take pictures.
“Young people are very important to the struggle of our communities. Our elders had already come to Brasilia to fight for their territory, and they succeeded despite all the obstacles,” explains the youth phenomenon of the Pataxo ethnic group.
He specifically mentions the role of mobilizing indigenous representatives in the progress made by the 1988 Constitution, which guaranteed indigenous peoples the right to occupy their ancestral lands.
“Today technology is in our favour, we need to reach the whole world by making social networks a weapon of our war,” he concludes.
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