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For Younger ChildrenThe Brazilian organisation Instituto SocioAmbiental (ISA) has created a website specifically aimed at younger people which has been translated into English. It includes a wealth of information presented in a lively and fascinating way, with videos (mostly in Portuguese, but visually rich so still interesting) and games. Explore! Brazil's Indigenous People for Children
For Under 16sThe website above, Brazil's Indigenous People for Children while targeted at younger children, includes a wealth of information and would be a good starting point for anyone researching indigenous people in Brazil. The BBC's GCSE Bitesize gives a carefully balanced overview of the needs of Brazil and pressures on the Amazon. In our opinion, it goes a little too far in promoting the exploitation of the Amazon's natural resources as necessary for Brazil's development. Many of the resources gained by exploiting the Amazon - metals, electricity, beef and soya - primarily benefit the export industry, which generates huge wealth for the few while bringing little improvement in the lives of the majority of Brazilians. The principal beneficiaries are the developed countries of Europe and North America and more recently China, who are able to purchase goods, agricultural products and materials at an artificially low price because Brazil continues to exploit these resources unsustainably. While GCSE Bitesize will help you to pass your exams, you should extend your research if you want to really understand the Amazon. Below is a slideshow of 56 slides which, while in places not very well translated from Portuguese, gives an excellent introduction to the issues affecting the Amazon and its people. It includes many useful statistics:
Amazing AmazonThe following slideshow, while focussed on the Yanomami Indians who are located far away to the north-west in the state of Roraima, covers most of the issues which also affect the Xingu: Amazonia, Channel 4
By the way, "vegetal coal" is better known as charcoal, and we would call "coalpits" charcoal ovens!