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Video: Panará, the Survival of a People (Portuguese)


Panará, the “Giant Amazonians” Monitor Their Land Against Recent Invasions

Covering territorial defence actions on Panará Land. Indians almost extinct in the 1970s, forced to...

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In the 1970s, the Indigenous people of Panará were uprooted from their land due to the construction of the BR-163 highway connecting Cuiabá to Santarém. This highway construction project was part of the National Integration Program initiated by the Brazilian Military Dictatorship (1964-1985). The Panará were relocated to Xingu Indigenous park, and the poorly planned transfer pushed the community to the brink of extinction as 80% of its population died.

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But the Panará are resolute survivors who have returned to their land, in Mato Grosso, after fighting a legal battle. Follow this story of struggle and resistance of a people who refused to be forgotten.