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Survival: Technology Gives Remote Tribes a Voice

Survival International
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August 11, 2015
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'We'll be able to communicate with people who live far away.' Mariazinha Yanomami, recording the first-ever message for Tribal Voice. (Survival International)

Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights, has launched a unique project to bring the latest communications technology to some of the world’s most remote tribal communities.

The "Tribal Voice" project is the first of its kind and allows tribal communities without internet access to send video messages about their lives and their struggle to survive to a global audience in real time.

So far, the project has been adopted by the Guarani and the Yanomami Indians in Brazil.

Mariazinha, from the Yanomami community of Rokoari, said in the first-ever Tribal Voice video, “Today the communications equipment arrived and I am very happy … If we see illegal goldminers on our land, or if outsiders try to kill us, I will be able to let everybody know … We’ll be able to communicate with people who live far away.”

The Yanomami are the largest relatively isolated tribe in South America. Their lands and lives are being threatened by illegal goldminers who pollute their streams and bring diseases to which the tribe has developed little immunity.

Visit Tribal-Voice.org for more videos and information about the project.

Read the rest at Survival International

  Check out Survival International: Uncontacted Tribes


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