INDIGENOUS CELEBRATION's mission is
"To facilitate the transfer of wisdom between indigenous peoples and the modern world through a celebration of culture, while empowering indigenous peoples to thrive as natural guardians of the environment."
In support of IC's mission 7DR has contributed photography, music and video taken by Midori Takata at the XI Yawanawa Festival.
During the yearly festival, deep in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil, the Yawanawa open their doors to foreign visitors and gather for five days in celebration of their freedom; to sing to the spirit and cultural ancestry of their people.
Theirs is a story of great sorrow, but also of resistance, empowerment and of a cultural renaissance that shines bright above the threats their people have faced by colonization, evangelism and the modern world.
For days and nights the Yawanawa dance and sing, recalling the ways of their elders and partaking in their once forbid plant medicine rituals. They gather around the fire to call upon the wisdom of their elders, of Uni/Ayahuasca, their most sacred plant medicine, and of Rume snuff made of tobacco and ashes collected from the bark of the Tsunu trees.
To support the empowerment of the Yawanawa and the mission of IC, you can purchase an album recorded live during the festival in BANDCAMP. Photographs of the festival may also be purchased in our SHOP.