Survival International

Stop the genocide of the uncontacted Kawahiva

The last of the Kawahiva are forced to live on the run from armed loggers and powerful ranchers. Still from unique footage taken by government agents during a chance encounter.

Uncontacted Kawahiva person. © FUNAI

In the Brazilian Amazon, the uncontacted Kawahiva Indigenous people are fighting for their survival. Invasions force the tribe to live on the run, fleeing violence from loggers and ranchers. Attacks and disease have killed their relatives. These are the Last of the Kawahiva, and their genocide will be complete unless their land is protected.

For decades, Survival has been campaigning for the Kawahiva’s territory to be recognized – only then can they survive and thrive. 

In 2016, following pressure from thousands of supporters around the world, the Justice Ministry took a very important step and declared the Kawahiva’s forest an Indigenous Territory. But the land demarcation process has since been paralyzed following fierce opposition by politicians and agribusiness. 

President Lula has now committed to fully mapping out and protecting all Indigenous territories in the country. Let’s hold him to his promise – for the survival of the Kawahiva and all the uncontacted tribes in Brazil.

Please email the Brazilian President and key government officials now.

Your letter will be sent to the President of Brazil, the President of FUNAI, the Head of the Land Protection Department at FUNAI, the Minister of Indigenous Peoples, and the Minister of Justice.

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