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During the Heart of Brazil expedition we uploaded regular reports to the News Blog site. These now form a complete history of the expedition. The site also has background information, and we continue to add to it to create an in-depth resource about the whole of the Xingu river catchment and its people.
The Xavante Community Health Centre project is now in full swing. The Xavante site includes information about the new project and how it will benefit the village, which is at the very forefront of deforestation by soya barons. The site will be updated with information about fundraising, and about progress of plans for the project.
If you find any errors on the site or have a general enquiry, click here to send us an email.
Recommended Web Resources
An excellent and well-informed history of the Xavante from Instituto Socioambiental
This article from Cultural Survival, an organisation in the USA which works for indigenous people, gives a harrowing view of the problems this ethnic group is experiencing: Cultural Survival
This is a personal experience story written in a journalistic style. It includes plenty of background information about present-day threats in Amazonia.
Heart of Brazil
The Heart of Brazil in the Press
The BBC are featuring the Heart of Brazil Expedition on their Brazilian site. Follow this link to read about its progress in Portuguese: www.bbc.co.uk/portuguese/forum.
The Heart of Brazil Expedition and the exhibition at the Brazilian Embassy in London have been featured in several newspapers and magazines. In English:
And in Portuguese:
- O Liberal, Belém, 5th August 2007
- Correio Braziliense, Brasilia, 19th August 2007
- Folha do Meio Ambiente, Brasilia, September 2007
- Leros Magazine, London, October 2007
- Real Magazine, London, October 2007
More Information About the People of the Xingu
The highest concentration of Indian villages visited during the expedition is near the beginning, in the Xingu Indigenous Park.
The expedition included visits to the following tribes. The name of each tribe links to the relevant page on the site of Instituto SocioAmbiental, a Brazilian organisation which has an extremely comprehensive coverage of Brazil’s indigenous people.
An additional site about the Suya, also known as Kisedje: www.brazilianartists.net/articles/suya/thekisedje.htm
and a statement by Kisedje Chief Kuiusi: www.brazilianartists.net/articles/suya/kuiusisuya.htm
A site primarily about endangered languages, there is a wealth of additional information about the geography and culture of the Trumai, Kuikuro and Aweti: www.mpi.nl/DOBES/dobesmap
Extracts from a fascinating programme about the archaeology of the area: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/expedition-week/3819/Overview
An academic paper with details of some recent archaeological discoveries, from the Land Use and Environmental Change Institute of the University of Florida, by MIchael Heckenberger and others: www.clas.ufl.edu/lueci/Xingu_Project.htm. and the project's website: http://www.clas.ufl.edu/users/mheck/xingu.html
A fairly comprehensive overview of the geography of the Araguaia river from WWF. The Araguaia is the next river to the East of the Xingu. www.worldwildlife.org/science/wildfinder/profiles/nt0180.html
Gerard and Margi Moss highlight the crucial part the Amazon rain forest plays in the climate system of South America. www.riosvoadores.com.br
The Pinkaití Project brings together the Kayapó of A-Ukre with scientists from institutes world-wide: www.geocities.com/pinkaiti/
A project to map indigenous people’s use of the Xingu Indigenous Park, by the Amazon Conservation Team working with the fourteen tribes of the Park: www.eco-index.org/search/results.cfm?ProjectID=773 - www.amazonteam.org
Conservation International is working with all 14 Kayapó communities on conservation-based development projects: www.conservation.org
General information and news about Amazonia
Mainly a collection of news articles and short features. www.amazonia.org.br/english
The following are photos selected from NASA. These are high resolution files, so you will need a broadband connection.
This image is from the 27th June 2004. The PIX is obvious, it is the unbroken green area in the middle. The encroaching deforestation is also obvious. The red dots, which you can see as squares when you zoom in, show the locations of fires. http://veimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/19356/terra_xingu_27jun04_250m.jpg
Here is a larger area, again with the PIX and the Kayapo areas obvious. The date is the 7th July 2004. http://veimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/19381/terra_brazil_06jul04_250m.jpg
This gives an overview of the whole of the expedition area. 15th July 2004. http://veimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/19398/Brazil.TMOA2004197_lrg.jpg
We will add further satellite images to the Heart of Brazil blog site: here
Links to Other Organisations
Sponsors - Heart of Brazil
Other Organisations - Brazilian
Instituto Kabu (Portuguese)
Conservation International Brazil (Portuguese)
FUNAI - Brazilian Government Indian Agency (Portuguese)
All photos on this page are copyright. Xavante photos © Emily Burridge, all others © Sue Cunningham