AFV fosters projects in the Indigenous territories
of the Rio Xingu region in Brazil
The Xingu National Park also known as Xingu Indigenous Territory (TIX), 10,200 square miles, was created in 1960 by the famous Brazilian Indigenists Orlando, Claudio and Leonardo Villas Boas. Another 39,870 square miles bordering the Xingu National Park was officially declared indigenous territory in August 1993 after AFV founders, Jean-Pierre Dutilleux, a Belgian filmmaker, and Bernard Laine, a French journalist, alongside Chief Raoni, spearheaded the first worldwide campaign to draw attention to the dangers of deforestation in the Amazon and the risk of extinction faced by its indigenous populations.
With the support of the Brazilian government and alongside 12 sister organizations, AFV raised the necessary funds to demarcarte the boundaries of this new indigenous territory the size of Greece and bordering the Xingu National Park, thus creating with a surface of 50,193 square miles, one of the largest continuous rainforest reserves on the planet.
The Kayapo territory encompasses approximately 39,870 square miles, a territory bigger than South Korea. It includes many villages, most of which are located near the banks of the Xingu river. Its population is estimated to be around 7,300 people. Their social organization, ritual life and cosmology are rich and complex.
Xingu Indigenous Territory
6,000 people from sixteen tribes live in 80 villages in the Xingu Indigenous Territory (TIX), which covers an area of 10,200 square miles, as big as Massachusetts. These ethnic groups, while having distinct languages, have similar social, cultural and economic organizations shaped by years of interactions and exchanges. These are the Aweti, Kalapalo, Kamaiura, Kuikuro, Matipu, Mehinako, Nafukua, Naruvotu, Waura and Yawalapiti, Kawaiwete, Ikpen, Yudjja, Trumai, Tapayuna and Kisedje.
XINGU ARITANA INSTITUTE
The Institute’s headquarters serve as a multi-purpose resource center, providing training, advice and information, as well as equipment, communication facilities and communal space for the TIX communities.
AGROECOLOGY AND REFORESTATION
Diversifying vegetable production and re-forest areas of degraded lands with valuable trees, using and teaching sustainable agriculture practices.
The Xingu reservation and its people are threatened by illegal fishing, hunting, logging, fires and agro-chemicals used in neighboring farms.
Offering short professional formations on selected subjects to respond to increasing demand from the young generation for professional training and increasing needs for specific skills in villages.
Focusing on art production, recording, gathering and centralizing the Elders' knowledge via a media center, with some activities being dedicated to traditional medicine.
Complementing governmental services by providing a space and resources for traditional medicine and helping to build national as well as international partnerships.
Alongside our partners, you can make a difference by participating to our programs.
Afukaka (Kuikuro), Raoni (Kayapos) and Aritana (Yawalapiti)