"I've been admiring him form a long time,
a strong shaman with strong words,
embracing the environment for his people
(and for us).
It was a great honor for me to meet him
and to make his portrait." - Tatiana Cardeal
"The invasion of the Yanomami lands by about 30,000 to 40,000 garimpeiros cost the lives, between 1987 and 1990, of more than 1,000 Yanomami in Brazil. Shocked with this tragedy, which revived in him the reminiscences of the epidemics that decimated his family in the 1960s, Davi Kopenawa engaged himself in a relentless struggle against the destruction of his people and of his land's forest. Thanks to his experience with the whites and the intellectual solidity his shamanistic knowledge gives him, he soon became the main spokesman for the yanomami cause in Brazil and in the world."
To read more:
ISA Narratives The Saga of Davi Kopenawa Yanomami
Davi is a winner of the UN Global 500 award, and was a key figure in the campaign that resulted in the demarcation of the Yanomami's land in 1992.