June 09, 2013

Amazon Indians protest via Facebook

Indigenous Brazilians use web to fight for rights

By Joao FelletWhen Terena tribesman Oziel Gabriel was shot dead in a clash with police forces in Sidrolandia, in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul, last week, it only took minutes for videos and pictures to appear on Facebook accusing the Federal Police (PF) of responsibility.

Fellow members of his indigenous group who had witnessed the incident quickly passed on the images to a wide network of supporters.

It took only hours for the case to make headlines abroad. And, in an unusually swift reaction, Brazilian Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo promised a thorough investigation.

Brazilian indigenous groups say they are increasingly using social media websites to spread their views and to counter what they say are the prejudiced views about them in local media.
Comment:  Once again, the stereotype of Amazon Indians as savage spearchuckers gets blown out of the water.

For more on Amazon Indians, see Natural History Museum in Bob's Burgers and Tech-Savvy Surui Chief.

Below:  "Indigenous Brazilian are using the latest technology to their advantage."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I don't get why people think Indians are primitive or provincial. It's a comforting fantasy for the white people, I guess.