by Bernardo Salce*
|Índio - Photo by Bernardo Salce|
19 April is marked in the Brazilian calendar as Indian Day, but all the other days of the year are not theirs. Brazil’s indigenous populations have been massively decimated since the 16th century and during the military dictatorship (1964-85). Today the few remaining tribes are fighting for their right to land, threatened by farming, the mining industry and environmental destruction.
This young man had no different story - his tribe, originally settled in the northern state of Bahia, has been expelled from their land. He now lives in the big metropolitan area of Belo Horizonte, in the Southeast part of Brazil, trying the survive with the little money he makes from selling his tribe’s traditional art.
Bernardo Salce is an environmental activist and freelance photographer specialising in landscape, cultural and socio-environmental photography. He holds a Law degree, has worked for NGOs in South Africa and Portugal and he is currently in the final stages of his master’s studies in Human Ecology and Contemporary Social Problems at the New University of Lisbon, in Portugal. He also writes a blog: www.bernardosalce.wordpress.com. This photo was taken as part of the project "Urban Indians" of Revista Viver Brasil and Agência i7.
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