protect the rainforest

The best approach to protecting the rainforests is by protecting the indigenous tribes that have been protecting them for thousands of years. Indigenous people live in or around the rainforest and know the forests better than anyone else, by staying in their communities and native homes they are able to preserve the rainforest lands from rubber tappers, agro farmers, tree loggers, and other corporations that monopolize on earths natural resources. These are done legally and sometimes illegally by literally stealing native land and even resorting to violence and genocide. 

If we support indigenous tribes and their way of life we give them the means to stay and grow their community on their native land. This strengthens their tribe and gives them the tools and resources to be able to further protect the rainforests. This is an example of grassroots movements that can have direct and more efficient effort in protecting natural resources and land.

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Kuntanawa TRIBE


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.



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.

Here are some links to keep us together, and keep the conversation going on how to support the Kuntanawa:

Facebook: @kuntanawanation
Instagram: @kuntanawanation
Email: tribokuntanawa@gmail