Kuntanawa Sustainability and Food Security Campaign
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The families of Kuntanawa and the river communities are currently in need of basic food and water security for 1,500 people. With the recent outbreak of COVID-19, the government has issued a quarantine closing off the rivers and airlines for a minimum of a few weeks. The reality is, this river is our only avenue for bringing in food and supplies for the survival of our people who have important work to do. Protecting and restoring Vital Rainforests, like the Amazon, is our best option to addressing our world's most serious climate impacts. This has created an urgency in providing the support that guarantees a better quality of life and protection for the rainforest communities, the Guardians of the Rainforest.
Our initiative is to search for support to apply a system of fish farming to complement the food security of our communities. Our plan is to build 10 fish farms extending to 8 communities supporting 250 families to prevent further mass extinction providing sustainability for the animals, the fish and a stable food source for the people in our region. We have a huge urgency to be able to transport the digging equipment for the construction of these ponds since the river water levels are going down with the end of the rainy season arriving at the end of May. With special access, Tribe leaders and communities are able to bring up emergency digging equipment up the river while they remain closed for the COVID-19 quarantine. With your support, we can take our first step in creating our vision of a fully sustainable community here in Kuntanawa. We are preparing a valley full of fruits, vegetables, a poultry farm, and building a reservoir for family fish farming.
The project we are working towards now with the most urgency is for fish farming. We have this immediate need because rivers are contaminated and with last year's Amazon fires, mass fish and animal extinctions occurred and rivers have dried up considerably, cutting off their life support and natural fish and animal passages. This year we are experiencing an even higher level of fish extinctions and dying animal populations. This has caused Indigenous and non-indegenous people living on the river to increase hunting, leading to dangerously low animal counts. We are reaching a point where many communities are entering a point of famine and starvation. This reservoir will protect the people from fishing in these waters while protecting fish species that are close to extinction. While we cannot exactly predict the outcome of this year´s fires, we are acting to be able to protect ourselves and the world. Studies are showing that this lack in food is causing a much higher agricultural deforestation and larger Amazon fires this year. With the impact that this will have, there is a great need to complete these projects immediately.
Your help can provide our families in the rainforest with the resources we need to continue building on a more responsible relationship with our ecosystems. Together we can protect the Guardians of the Rainforest, and the plants and animals from deforestation and extinction, promoting peace and harmony between humans and nature.
BRIEF HISTORY OF THE KUNTANAWA NATION
The Kuntanawa People are 1 of the 13 tribes of the Pano linguistic trunk that live in the State of Acre in the Brazilian Amazon. With the arrival of the rubber tappers in the Amazon in the 19th century and on the land the Kuntanawa live on, it generated a serious level of conflict between the Indigenous and non-indigenous practically causing their genocide. The non-indigenous rubber extractors captured and enslaved the tribe members through latex extraction for rubber production. While also exploring our lands for poaching of exotic animals for the commercialization of their fur, removing wood and other riches from the tribes. This caused a great impact on people. Tribes that did not surrender to the rubber tappers, were totally or partially decimated. Our ancestors were not prepared to fight by taking human lives, they only acted to protect themselves and the rainforest.
The Kuntanawas in 1911, 5 members were captured being that only 2 survived and today they are reconstructing their history. Today the population has reached approximately 500 people made up of Indigenous, White, and Black. The Kuntanawas that survived were immediately forbidden to speak our language, to practice our customs, our beliefs, and traditions. This led to the situation lasting many years, up until almost the present moment, where our Kuntanawa Nation was not officially recognized because the government believed we had been completely exterminated.
Now our numbers are close to 500 and increasing. We are openly and non-violently working for the restoration of our culture, traditions and for the preservation of all the life in the rainforest.
Here are some links to keep us together, and keep the conversation going on how to support the Kuntanawa:
OUR VISION FOR THE KUNTANAWA FAMILIES
We are focused on promoting dignity to the people guaranteeing them quality organic food through family agriculture, community gardens, fish farming, small animals, and fruit orchards. As well as clean potable water, for daily basic uses through the implementation and construction of water reservoirs while recovering our springs. Working specifically with sustainable family agriculture through agroforestry, permaculture, fish farming, and natural water filtration systems. To begin this new chapter, we are deepening our relationships with all the different plants. Through the guarantee of food security, we are also returning to our ancestral knowledge of culinary, medicinal, and spiritual cosmological traditions. We are preparing our communities with the foods and medicines from the rainforest for the physical and spiritual healing of our internal communities and for the global community.
OUR VISION FOR OUR SPIRITUAL FAMILY
As we activate the new global era of transformation, we are unifying our communities by working with our hearts and hands to anchor humanity’s sustainability with the earth. This is a new moment for humanity to reconnect with ourselves and our ancestral knowledge. With our family of light, the seeds are being planted and nourished to provide us the awareness to overcome these challenges.
Here in the rainforest, we have a great diversity of natural resources we can produce, utilize, and share. With funding, we can acquire the tools and resources we need to process the plants and medicines for humanity and guarantee access to them for our families of the world.
WE NEED YOUR HELP...
This is a time of great transformation. We are reaching out to stay connected and to stay in unity during these new times. With climate change intensifying, world epidemics will become more prevalent and severe if we continue with deforestation, releasing excess CO-2, and not living our lives in the guardianship of Mother Earth. The Amazon is the largest and oldest rainforest on the planet, supplying over 30% of the world's oxygen and freshwater output. From the recent record deforestation fires in the past months, there has been a major decrease in this world-output of water and oxygen, resulting in a major Earth imbalance. It is time to take action in the best way we can, to protect our biological diversity from this great destruction that is happening on Earth caused by the human capitalistic system. Supporting the Guardians of the Forest; specifically the Kuntanawa Nation, you are taking part in this mission in guaranteeing the protection and existence of the Amazon for the balance of the planet.
THE LEADERS OF THE KUNTANAWA NATION
Haru Kuntanawa is one of the main leaders of the Kuntanawa Nation and is responsible for the revitalization of his culture's reemergence and for his people. He is recognized by many indigenous people of Brazil as one of the most influential young leaders of his time. His strong presence, compassionate heart, and expressive influence have changed and restored the faith of his people and the surrounding villages that reside along the banks of Acre, Brazil.
Hayra is Haru’s wife and is accepted as co-leader of the Kuntanawa. Hayra was born in the United States and is a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The synthesis that these two represent, is a model for a new way forward breaking down discrimination. With this, their union creates an important bridge to focus as active leaders to extend this type of respect that exists on this sacred land, to the entire planet. Haru and Hayra are also singers, musicians, and songwriters. Their hope is to reawaken the masses through inspired universal awareness and encouragement of higher consciousness- their action with these intentions has already made ripples in their community and the greater world.
“Our aim is to raise consciousness for a better world and to open human minds to the harm we are causing Earth through the exploitation of Nature. We are inspired to unite the differences of language, skin color, and culture to bring a universal language through the power of love.”
~ Haru and Hayra Kuntanawa
Labor for land preparation for Fish Ponds- $30,000
Construction tools and materials for Fish Ponds- $40,000
Digging Machinery & Equipment, rental & transportation- $50,000
United States Green Chamber of Commerce, Climate Counts, Coherence Lab, TreeSisters, Findhorn Foundation, Climate Change & Consciousness, ASKAK*
OUR NATION'S NONPROFIT IN BRAZIL
* ASKAK is the Judicial Kuntanawa Organization that deals with all institutional, public and governmental relations of the Kuntanawa Nation and represents the 13 pano tribes acting externally in a diplomatic capacity with the Municipal, State and Federal governments and internally responsible for the socio-cultural development and representation of the work in regards to strengthening and reconstructing Pano traditions, culture, sustainability, food security and the environmental conservation of these People´s.
- Inja Lin
- Silvia Peaceful Owl
- Allie Burns