“The meeting between Indians and whites can only take place in terms of a necessary alliance between equally different partners, so that together we can move the perpetual imbalance of the world a little further forward, thus postponing its end.”
Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, anthropologist, one of the founders of ISA
The theme "Indigenous Peoples" is at the origin of the existence of the Instituto Socioambiental. There are at least four decades of commitment and work with the subject, producing information for Brazilian society to know its native peoples better. Since its founding in 1994, ISA has continued the work of the Ecumenical Center for Documentation and Information (Cedi), which had begun in 1980 and which, in turn, dates back to the early 1970s, when the then dictatorship government The military launched the National Integration Plan, with a strong component of infrastructure works in the Amazon, a region that was then described by official discourse as a "demographic void".
Through the reports collected, data produced and research undertaken by a network of collaborators spread across the different regions of the country, Cedi helped to overturn this thesis. By publicizing the information collected by this social network from the time of the telex, Cedi has definitively placed indigenous peoples and their lands on the map of Brazil. Its members also actively participated in the movement to include indigenous rights in the 1988 Constitution and, together with members of the Núcleo de Direitos Indígenas (NDI) and environmental activists, founded the ISA in 1994.
Since then, expanding its network of collaborators throughout the country, ISA has consolidated itself as a national and international reference in the production, analysis and dissemination of qualified information on indigenous peoples in Brazil. The website "Indigenous Peoples in Brazil", launched in 1997, is the largest published encyclopedia on indigenous ethnicities in Brazil, with their languages, ways of life, artistic expressions, etc. The site is one of the main references on the subject for researchers, journalists, students and academics.
The action today is transversal to the territories where we operate, especially in the Xingu Basin, in Mato Grosso and Pará, and the Rio Negro Basin, in Amazonas and Roraima, and also involves indigenous peoples from all over Brazil, through the permanent update of the website. and its more than 200 entries, inclusion of new texts on newly contacted emerging and indigenous ethnic groups, in addition to monitoring and journalistic coverage of situations of violence and loss of rights against these populations. The theme "Indigenous Peoples" is still addressed on the website "Mirim GDP", aimed at children and young people.
The monitoring of Indigenous Lands is also a central axis of our work on the subject, and goes back to the systematization of data and dissemination of information started by Cedi in 1986, and takes place through the production of printed books and thematic maps on pressures and threats , such as deforestation, mining, mining, infrastructure works, among others, in addition to the website "Indigenous Lands in Brazil".
Check out the content produced on this topic:
|In encyclopedia format, it is considered the main reference on the subject in the country and in the world.|
|The most complete source of information on the subject in the country|
|Special version of the PIB Encyclopedia for early childhood education;|
|Panel of territorial consolidation indicators for Indigenous Lands|