The Canoe Protest is an activity that strengthens the network of support to the people of the Big Bend of the Xingu River.
The Xingu Canoe Protest is an action carried out by the Yudja Miratu Indigenous Association of the Big Bend of the Xingu River (Aymix) and ISA since 2014. From its outset, it has sought to draw attention to the problems the region’s peoples and communities face with the plant’s installation, and find allies for the peoples of the Xingu in the struggle for their rights and territory. After three consecutive editions, during the years of 2014, 2015, and 2016, between the months of August and September, the Xingu Canoe Protest has also proven to be an important moment for monitoring and registering the socio-environmental transformations the Big Bend of the Xingu River has been undergoing.
The Xingu Canoe Protest has consolidated itself as an activity that gives visibility to the Big Bend and its populations, which helps build partnerships among the indigenous peoples, riparian communities, and supporters of all kinds, while ensuring a periodic record of the transformations brought about by the Belo Monte Power Plant.
Exceptional navigators, the Juruna and riparian peoples have the possibility of generating income from this type of activity, using their deep knowledge of the river, acting as guides, renting their canoes and infrastructure, telling about the local context, as well as from the sale of crops and handicrafts.
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