Text by Jerá Guarani
My feminine lineage of environmental struggle
drawings by Carolina Caycedo

Jerá Guarani is a prominent Guarani Mbya leader, one of the many indigenous peoples that populate the territory that—after centuries of resistance—is now known as Brazil. Her people live in Tenondé Porã Indigenous Land, an area of approximately ​​16 hectares in the South of São Paulo, one of the largest urban centers in the world. Jerá’s activism and educational militancy have been pivotal in reclaiming Guarani’s ancestral territories, and fighting for the maintenance of the nhandereko (their traditional modes of existence) in her aldeia (village), especially through the strengthening of the autonomy and food security of the Guarani Mbya people. The efforts of the Guarani people have often been met with violence and hostility, especially since Brazil’s current president Jair Bolsonaro came into power in 2018. His far right government has systematically attacked indigenous peoples, their traditions and territories, proclaiming they should look forward to being included in the mechanisms of “progress.” In the following text, originally published in Piseagrama in 2020, Jerá Guarani reflects on the alarming conditions of planet Earth, brought about by the so-called “civilized” people.

This article is the first installment of Travessias—Crossings, a joint collaboration between Futuress and PISEAGRAMA


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