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Published on Dec 16, 2013
In 2006, Céline Cousteau was working on a documentary in the Amazon, returning to places her grandfather Jacques Cousteau had been to in the early 1980s. While there, she traveled into the Vale do Javari indigenous reserve in Brazil to film a meeting of the tribes. It was then that she first learned of the dire health crisis they are facing. Four years later, an indigenous leader from the Vale do Javari wrote asking her to tell their story to the world in the hopes of raising awareness as their situation had not changed. It is undeniable that in the Amazon, humans and nature are interconnected in such an intimate way that when there is environmental destruction, humans suffer immediately. With the largest number of uncontacted tribes on the planet and an irreplaceable ecosystem as suggested by UNESCO, it is time for the world to see this unique place up close. It is time for the Vale do Javari to be heard!