Portraits of Tribal Heroines for Women’s Day

full gallery HERE  http://www.survivalinternational.

braz-awa-tn-2011-3968-final_gallery_large- Little Butterfly, a young girl from the nomadic Awá people, the Earth’s most threatened tribe.
 

On International Women’s Day, Survival International profiles the stories of the world’s tribal women.

For women of the Awá hunter-gatherer tribe in the Brazilian Amazon, an egalitarian society is normal; some Awá women even take several husbands, a practice known as polyandry….http://www.survival..

On International Women’s Day, Survival International profiles the stories of the world’s tribal women.

© Domenico Pugliese/Survival

full gallery HERE  http://www.survivalinternational.

Which Brazilian tribal women suckle orphaned monkeys? Which North American Indian women have enjoyed equal status with men for centuries?

To mark International Women’s Day on March 8, 2014, Survival International is publishing a new photographic gallery that portrays the lives and stories of inspiring tribal women, past and present.

Tribal women have known brutal displacement, fear, murder and rape at the hands of invaders for generations. They have seen their lands taken from them, their self-respect annihilated and their futures become uncertain.

Survival’s gallery includes the stories of:

pocahontas-by-simon-van-de-passe_gallery_large- Pocahontas, a Powhatan Indian who married an Englishman and was introduced to King James I in London during the 17th century;

angata-papanui-easterisland_gallery_largeAngata, an indigenous leader from Easter Island, who stirred rebellion against their Chilean colonists;

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Damiana Cavanha, a Guarani woman from Brazil who recently spearheaded a courageous take-over of the Guarani’s ancestral lands;

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A Pehuenche Mapuche Indian, Nicolasa had peacefully protested against the construction of the Ralco dam on the sacred Bío Bío river in Chile, which flows through their ancestral territory from the Galletué lagoon to the Pacific.,,,cont tribalheroines#12

Xlarema Phuti is a Bushman healer who was forcibly evicted by the government of Botswana from her home in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.

Xlarema Phuti is a Bushman healer who was forcibly evicted by the government of Botswana from her home in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.
© Dominick Tyler

Sophie Grig, senior campaigner at Survival International, said, ‘Tribal women have complex, evolving societies that flourish when they are able to pursue the self-sufficient and diverse ways of life they have developed over centuries.

‘The gallery shows some of the courageous women who are fighting for their lands to be returned to them and for their fundamental human rights. Survival’s work has been preventing the annihilation of tribal women and their communities for the last 45 years.’

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They have seen their lands taken from them, their self-respect annihilated and their futures become uncertain. Even in the 21st century, the myth exists that tribal women and their communities are doomed archaic peoples that are destined to die out naturally.

But it is only the concept that is antiquated. Tribal women are not ‘backwards’ or ‘primitive,’; they have complex, evolving societies that flourish when they are left alone to pursue the self-sufficient and diverse ways of life they have developed over centuries. Despite their suffering, the resistance of many tribal women today is growing.

Survival International has been helping tribal peoples defend their lives, protect their lands and determine their own futures for over 45 years. It will continue to do so until tribal women and their families are allowed to remain on their lands, and live as they choose.

full gallery HERE  http://www.survivalinternational.

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