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Shvoong Home>Books>Citizen of the jungle Review

Citizen of the jungle

Book Review   by:malisisigner     Original Author: Marcos Terena
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This abstract was translated from Cidadãos da Selva
 


The vision of the Indian as the white man''s arrival on the land now called Brazil, revelations made by Marcos Terena. In the forest, jungle, day dawn always different. Silence always gently broken by the sound of nature, but never equal. The old Indian counselor wakes up, walks through his village, goes up high to better address his people and feels something different in the air, something''s coming, feel in my heart and tears down your face while the sound reach the ears of children playing, young people talking, women raising children. Meditate on the counselor and see the trail of an unknown bird, cutting the heavens. Shortly after he departs this life to find their ancestors. At this time there were approximately six to nine million indigenous people and societies were divided into nine hundred, each with their customs, traditions and territories. They lived in peace, if respected. When our conquerors arrived they could not imagine that the land had an owner, and a different point of land spotted all mobilized to defend their villages. They saw that they were not enemy tribes were and get ready to party, was a people friendly. Murmurs, giggles, general curiosity, who were those people who appeared ill, were white, weird hair, using canoes in the legs, and saying something strange? The chief of the tribe approaches and makes the first contact of peace. It was the encounter of different worlds, was the beginning of our existence, the so-called Brazil and the extinction of a great race. National interest by existing exchange is the friendship and respect for the Indian man at the total disrespect and they were all represented. They could disturb the needs of whites for defending the forests, animals, all of nature and that was what they most wanted to take these lands. How to allow continued naked, pagan ,..... it was necessary catequisá them. The citizen of the jungle gave way, was forced to accept, together they brought the animal that kills, disease and pain.
Now were just obstacles to white. Begins the most extensive social problems, the war between citizens of different woods. The Indian was no longer own anything, could not take care of your floor, his family, hunting, fishing, smiling, playing ......... Breaking into the Indian culture even the right to have an intimate relationship with the Creator, should dress, eat, think, act, talk ......... as whites. Five hundred years later, it seemed that our Indians were exterminated, but the resurgence cinzas.São much less, about two hundred and forty thousand, one hundred and eighty in companies, some tribes have about fifteen people, all trapped, treated as wards, many Brazilians do not really know about their existence. To try to survive, learn the values of the white man. They become pariahs to a great capitalist society. Walk to the end, even though so far reached by the forces of the woods and nature. All the prophecies of the counselors, the tears with no explanation of our children, are now understood. Many of our tribes trying to raise, many whites conscious attempt to help, but the people need not recognize you, not to have to accept the truth that all this is ours, fields, waters, animals, ..... For the white man the earth is just trade, we understand the need for limits, boundaries, lifestyle, feelings, ....... is another culture. We just defended and taken just as incapable respect the Earth and all that is therein, owners say that if you mistreat her mother had. Today in Brazil there are the few Indians who are relegated to their existence, segregated in reserves, as forgotten people.
Published: September 20, 2010   
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