Brazilian Tribe Threatened by Hydroelectric Dam
Two British explorers have completed a gruelling six-month
expedition down 2,500 kilometres (1,550 miles) of the Xingu river
through the Cerrado savannahlands and rainforest in the heart of Brazil.
Sue and Patrick Cunningham were the sole members of the expedition, travelling in a small open boat accompanied only by local boatmen. The couple have received the Neville Shulman Award from the Royal Geographical Society for their venture. And their journey is being showcased in a London exhibition which opened this week.
The river passes through the largest Indian reserve in Brazil, and the couple visited 48 Indian villages. “The Indians of the Xingu are incredible people,” said Sue Cunningham, “They have a profound knowledge of the forest; they use a huge number of plants and trees to provide for their everyday needs. And they are important for us, because the forest is a vital weapon in the fight against climate change.”
The Cunninghams kept a blog of their journey..