It was 35 years ago that Ailton Krenak, while painting his entire face with the black dye of the jenipapo fruit, protested against violence against Indigenous peoples in one of Brazil’s highest seats of power: the speaker’s podium in the lower House of Congress. “There is Indigenous blood in every hectare of Brazil’s 8 million square kilometers,” Indigenous leader Ailton Krenak said, speaking on behalf of the Indigenous movement during the 1987 Constituent Assembly. The following year, a new Constitution was promulgated, establishing fundamental rights for Brazil’s Indigenous peoples for the first time in history. But 34 years later, it’s under attack like never before, Indigenous activists say. They blame the anti-Indigenist rhetoric promoted by the government of President Jair Bolsonaro since 2019, which has triggered widespread violations against their culture, lands, and lives. In 1987, Indigenous leader Ailton Krenak painted his entire face with the black dye of the jenipapo fruit as he spoke in protest against violence against Indigenous peoples at the Constituent Assembly. Image courtesy of Câmara dos Deputados. “This government has decided not to demarcate Indigenous lands, and to reconsider lands that have already been demarcated,” prominent Indigenous activist Sônia Guajajara told Mongabay in a video call. “When Bolsonaro did it, we had no choice but to fight. And we have decided to fight directly, through the electoral dispute.” Today, Sônia Guajajara is running for a seat in the lower House, known as the Chamber of Deputies, in October’s elections. She’s standing for a constituency in…This article was originally published on Mongabay Läs mer

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