Pataxó warrior

originally uploaded by Tatiana Cardeal © 2005

The Pataxo have long found themselves embroiled in conflicts over territory. Although their territories were "demarcated" in the 1930s, they were progressively marginalized by ranchers and other outsiders. In 1999 they made international headlines by occupying Monte Pasqual National Park, demanding the return of their traditional lands, and in the following year were highly visible again in protests surrounding the 500th anniversary of European "discovery" of Brazil.
They are still fighting, as you can see here in my old set from the V World Social Forum, where they did some protests.

Ubiranan is his name.
It means "Great Warrior's son".


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