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Chief Assis Kaxinawá, from the village Pinuya (colony 27), five kilometers away from the city of Tarauacá, sought the report from the Tarauacá Portal to address issues related to the indigenous population during the pandemic period. According to the chief, the NGOs are using the indigenous people to profit and pass on basic baskets with products that are close to winning and that sometimes the Indians do not even eat that type of food, for example, beans, sardines, preserves.

“ I am not against the donation of sacolão, but what I want, is that some sacolão is arriving in the indigenous lands, but the relatives do not eat a certain type of food. Beans, pasta, sardines, have a relative who doesn’t eat. It is money thrown away ”, says the indigenous leader.

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Chief Assis Kaxinawá eating fish raised in the village

The chief asks for better things to arrive, to help with sustainability “There is indigenous land that needs support, things that help with sustainability. We need a mesh, a canoe, ammunition, to be able to hunt and fish. There are villages that have 17 lakes, but the Indian cannot fish. This is a lot, but at the moment we don’t have the material to fish, ”he says. “Rice, beans, noodles are being thrown away. So we are against this type of basic basket. If you want to give a basic basket, give us the hook, the line, the net, so we can even look for our food. Because they are benefiting from the name of the indigenous population  , he warns.

Assis says that the indigenous people are doing well, but if they received the resources that the OGNs earn on behalf of the indigenous people, things would improve even more. The commander of the smallest indigenous land in the country, with only 300 hectares of land, is an example when it comes to knowing how to produce the livelihood of the community itself.

In the village of Pinuya, soursop, pineapple, banana are planted, which they sometimes export to states in the central-west region, cassava, corn. The indigenous people also raise fish and chickens. “In the Pinuya village, 240 Indians live, we eat, drink, have our party, our cure, we live well, but we need a better branch, a transport. So, we don’t want hard beans, expired rice, sardines. Support the indigenous lands where we look for our food. We already do that here in the village ”, demands the leader.

The chief says that people need support from the state government, NGOs, international support, but real support. According to him, he was the only one in his community who was a victim of the covid-19, however, FUNAI (Fundação Nacional do Índio) lacked support. “In this pandemic we did not receive support from anyone, I got Covid-19, FUNAI did not help at all”, he says.

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Unworthy women harvesting banana
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Indians transport banana by motorcycle
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