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The breath of the forest

October 6 to  6 p.m.-  Forcalquier town hall

with

This evening is organized in partnership with:

Sabah Rahmani - Journalist for  NATIVES Magazine 

Didier Hilar - Artistic Director of the Revue NATIVES

CACIQUE TANONE and  
HIS SON URURAY         

Elected more than 35 years ago as the first female chief in the history of her Kariri-Xocó people, theCacique Tanoné is today one of the few indigenous female leaders in Brazil.

Charismatic, cheerful and tenacious, she is the master of

ceremonies and songs.

She is also a medicine woman and guardian of the ancestral knowledge of her community, and of their sacred forest.

His commitment to the survival of his thousand-year-old people and their lands, and his deep knowledge of nature,

made her a very respected leader, full of wisdom.

A seed woman, she is in direct and sensitive connection with

the one she calls Mother Earth.

“We don’t want these wastelands, we want land covered with trees, forests that feed us and give us clean air. Without a forest, an Indian is not an Indian, he is an Indian without land. I replanted many fruit trees in the forest – banana trees, orange trees, mango trees and many others – while continuing to grow food to feed ourselves. I plant because I am like the root of a tree – my name actually means the root – of a large, very large, very ancient tree. The root is primordial, because it lives inside Mother Earth and the water goes underground to water it”, she explains.

Ururay, son of the cacique Tanoné, is recognized by the community as a pajé (shaman), initiated into ancestral knowledge and the sacred teachings of the primary forest.

It is alongside his mother that he will soon meet French citizens to demonstrate their commitment to the service of life, and to share sacred moments: songs, ceremonies and dances in particular. Ururay will also share with the public certain traditions linked to their cosmovision.

A tour organized by Revue Natives, which will take place from September 15 to October 11, in several cities in France.

TUPA NUNES OF OLIVEIRA

The spiritual leader, cacique and shaman, Tupa Nunes, and his son Vera Xunu (presented below) are indigenous Guarani Mbya from the village Mata Verde Bonita, located in the protection zone

environment in the Atlantic Forest of the State of Rio de Janeriro. The site has been designated a world heritage site by UNESCO/UN as a biosphere reserve. It has also been classified by the Ministry of the Environment as

“Area of extreme biological importance”.

The Guarani Mbya community of Tupa Nunes is currently undergoing an invasion by a real estate company

Spanish, for the construction of a luxury resort.

Their struggle to protect their ancestral lands as well as their practices and rites is constant.

DELPHINE FABBRI-LAWSON

Delphine Fabbri Lawson is a unique French visual and sound artist, engaged and activist with indigenous communities in the Amazon for more than 20 years.

Among her commitments, she founded in 2020 with her husband Tupan Nunez de Oliveira (presented above), the Instituto Nhandereko: Eco-place of indigenous Guarani Mbya ancestral culture from Brazil. Their missions? Preserve the living memory of the culture, language and science of this people, while instilling the ancestral values of nature, its natural, possible and viable treatments!

Mother of Vera Xunu, she accompanies and supports her husband in all matters

struggles to protect the ancestral lands and practices of their community.

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