YAWANAWA REFORESTATION PROJECT

Who: Yawanawa of Aldeia Mutum
Where: Tarauacá, State of Acre
How Much: $75,000
The Mutum village is located in the Rio Gregório Indigenous Land, municipality of Tarauacá, State of Acre.
Currently, the Yawanawa people are around 1,500.00 people distributed in eight villages (Matrinchã, Amparo, Yawarany, seven Estrela, Tibúrcio, Escondido, Mutum and Nova Esperança) along the territory of 187,400 hectares, with an estimated perimeter around 245 kilometers. In the Mutum village, there are about 200 people. Their livelihood has been through hunting, fishing, and agriculture.
The idea of ​​the project arose from reflections made by the community itself on the quality of life in which the Yawanawa of Aldeia Mutum currently live. Although we have an extensive area in our territory, some areas have already been deforested to make the traditional swiddens and that today are "capoeiras", that is, areas that over the years have been expanding more and more, without taking any advantage.
We believe that by reforesting the entire "capoera" area with native and regional fruits, as well as native and regional straws, it is possible to have more abundance in our villages and more quality of life in the area of ​​health.
The idea of ​​reforesting goes beyond having a good quality of life. The project brings with it the rescue, strengthening, valuing the culture of the custom, and the tradition of the Yawanawa people. As well as awareness and education in caring for our forest, that is, when we plant trees, fruits, straws we are not just planting a tree, we plant hope, we plant life, and we generate awareness in young people to continue the work we are doing today.
To plant is to bring our customs back, as it has everything to do with our food, and our food is directly linked to study and spiritual growth according to Yawanawa knowledge.
However, we want to reuse these areas for reforestation by planting fruit plants like ORANGE, POKAN, ACEROLA, BIRĪTÁ, TANGERINA, INGÁ, COCO, MANGA, LEMON, GUIABA, GRAVIOLA, CUPUAÇU, CAJÁ, CAJARANA, CAJÚ and many others. As well as the native plants that are part of the Yawanawa diet but which over the years has been getting farther and farther from homes such as: PAMA, YAE, VĪUSH, SHEKEXI, ITIVI ...The support we need for this project is $75,000.