Indigenous women debate on challenges to undertake in the forest

10 th August 2019 - Align sustainability and benefits to the collective challenge is to entrepreneurial indigenous. To further promote these potential, FAS promotes the 1st Meeting of Indigenous Entrepreneurs Amazon, with the Indigenous Women's Network of the Amazon (MAKIRA-ËTA)

Indigenous women from around the Amazonas attended the meeting | Photo: Larissa Martins

*By Luiz L. Melo, Journal of Criticism

culinary, handicraft production and utensils, graphisms, agriculture and medicinal plants are some of the knowledge and practices of indigenous peoples that can generate projects with strong earning potential in the domestic market and, even, international. To further promote these potential, the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS) promoted at its headquarters in Manaus, Ten in Park, Zona Centro-Sul, the 1st Meeting of Indigenous Entrepreneurs Amazon, event organized with the Indigenous Women's Network of the Amazon (MAKIRA-ËTA).

Near 40 indigenous entrepreneurs attended the meeting. They are from different ethnic groups and communities in the regions of Alto Rio Negro, Upper and Middle Solimões, lower Amazon, chili, Juruá, East Wood, Manaus and surroundings. Some have faced up to six days and six nights boat to attend this meeting in the capital of Amazonas. As is the case of Sandra Gomes Castro, baré of ethnicity, community leader in Santa Isabel do Rio Negro, distant 846 kilometers from Manaus.

"Our community wants to expand further the scope of the fruit products Traditional Agricultural System of the Rio Negro. Mainly the cultivation of manioc and its derivatives (rubber, flour, Tapioca flour). The idea is that, in a few years, We have a 'industrial minipolo' with our knowledge. However, currently, there is already a small export our products to neighboring municipalities, as São Gabriel da Cachoeira, Barcelos and Santa Isabel do Rio Negro ", said indigenous.

Considered Cultural Heritage by the Brazilian Institute of Historic and Artistic National (Iphan) from 2010, Agricultural System of the Rio Negro involves ancestral knowledge that plant, harvesting and produces a way that ensures forest conservation. "We use an area to farm for three years, about. After eight years that piece of land used for cultivation is already reforested. We do not use any pesticides in our harvest. Therefore, we want, in a near future, a kind of seal of quality in our products even to expand the reach of them - to show consumers that a product is 100% natural”, designed Sandra Castro, who is also president of the Association of Indigenous Communities of the Middle Rio Negro.

Da etnia tikuna, Luciana Marques shares the same desire to expand the production of its people beyond the boundaries of where you live, Campo Alegre in community, located in São Paulo de Olivença, distant 985 kilometers from Manaus.

"A year ago the community of women decided to join forces to enhance the production of handicrafts, headdresses, earrings, necklaces and utensils made of native forest seeds, how to try black, syringe and-eye parakeet. Before each was in its. Now, not, We join forces and exchange ideas among us. Production increased and we are already thinking of exporting our products ", said.

Without harming the environment

For the coordinator of the Indigenous Agenda Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS), Maria Lamb Baré, relative to indigenous, It has no way to dissociate entrepreneurship cultural expression. "The project has a lot of the world view of each people. All they produce has a strong link with the territory where they live and draw their raw material without harming the environment. Behind every product made by an Indian there is a story, an identity ", said.

"They also have a much more collective vision of technological innovation. That is, everyone benefits and achieved if a new form of production is built by the community. No one stays out of production ", explicou.

long schedule

The meeting program includes roundtables, conversation circles and working groups. The idea is that indigenous women across the state have access to information and training on entrepreneurship, management, sustainable production and marketing, market strategies, innovation and technology, indigenous rights, and other guidelines.

This Sunday, ending the 1st Meeting of Indigenous Entrepreneurs Amazon, entrepreneurial indigenous women will have the opportunity to put into practice everything they learned from the exhibition and sale of their products within the FAS Fair, a fair of creative economy held from 8 am to 19h at the foundation headquarters, The red Alvaro Braga, 351, Parque Dez, Zona Centro-Sul de Manaus. Admission is free.

Will be available to the public craft, Indian cooking, graphisms, agricultural foods and medicinal plants, in addition to musical acts, esportes, games and activities, Theater and dance, environmental education, and others.

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