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Institute Kvt - Brasilian Research Institute KVT
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Indians Institute KVT
NÃºcleo de Cultura e arte Milenar AmbÃ¡ ArandÃº
Environmental Pedagogy Millenary Traditions
The American continent native people (Amerigenas or Amerincolas, as we usually call them) follows a millenary cultural tradition development, having as a guide a deep respect for the life kingdomÂ’s ecosystems. According to
this, each people takes its path, in its time line, following the teachings from its cosmological universe...
So, the culture millenary traditionÂ’s nucleus of resistence is religion and the governamental system is the theocracy. Consequently those cultural knowledges are inserted in the environmental education objectives,
considered in its most comprising shape. ThatÂ’s when the masters, the
ancient and the shamans... (1) (called pajÃ©s in portuguese), within the Â“teachings / learningsÂ” develop a constructive Pedagogy of initiation...
Through the teachings, the initiated (students) learn that in the animal,
vegetable and mineral kingdoms, each life species in the ecosystem
represents the micro cosmos and it will have to be always in harmony with
the macro cosmos. In this case, the native indian as a micro cosmos in the
animal kingdom, understanding the relationship in a harmonious chain and
feeling the need to develop themselves in any way, in progressÂ’ name, could
be a destructive transformer agent.
With the conquerors arrival and after centuries, the so-called civilization live
from na irration exploitation, setting an unbalanced condition to nature
itself, destroying value scales of different cultures, classifying them as
Considering and pondering about the Â“Five Hundred YearsÂ”
In April 22nd this year, Brazil has completed five hundred years from the EuropeanÂ’s arrival. While for the so-called civilization is a moment of
festivities, for the native inhabitants of this ground it is a moment of
When we think over the History, the Five hundred yearsÂ’ festivity does not hide centuries of violence which the Brazilian native people suffered. There
were five centuries of colonization, evangelization and indoctrination. By the
time of the Europeans arrival there were nine hundred nations. If we follow
the time line, weÂ’ve registered a steady cultural and human genocide and nowadays those nations are reduced to one hundred and eighty.
Consequently the culture of the native Brazilian people was decimated
through the arrival of the European domination. It is very sad to observe
how much the conqueror-colonizer missed due to the fact of not having
learned with the American ContinentÂ’s native inhabitants, specially with
Our EarthÂ’s ancient inhabitants used to live in a constant harmony, because
the harmony was present in their hearts, consequently happines was also a
continuous state of being. The universe of thoughts was pure, and due to
that they were naivÃ© and health. They had in their conciousnesses that the
human being comes to Earth to improve its spirit. Therefore they knew that
everything that involves EarthÂ’s life doesnÂ’t last... Through the spiritual-cultural evolution all human beings are equal on the lightÂ’s point of view. So
the conquerors were seen as NHANDERUÂ’S creatures (GODÂ’S creatures in
Guarani = brazilianÂ’s native Ianguage) bythe BrasilÃncolas/BrasilÃgenas.
As the conquerors/colonizers arrived there wasnÂ’t a cultural clash but there
was a complete and absolute domination, bringing desastrous
consequences for the native culture through a cultural desintegration
process. The European dominators were eager to conquer and in the name
of scienceÂ’s valorization, they became vain and covetous. At that time a new
economical policy was springing, Â“The MercantilismÂ”, which implanted a
developing model in Brazil. Through the application of mercantilistic ideals
were awakened and overestimated new interests and positions to which for
its maintenance emerged the need of exterminating the native peopleÂ’s
traditional organization conditions, considered late and underdeveloped
Progressing in the time line, their territories were and remain being
invalidated or even expropriated or reached by roadways and big projects,
such as, Hydroeletric, mining and agronomic industries and through the
exploitation of pharmaceutical and timberwork companies. The natual
abundance of these territories were and remain beng coveted by powerful
national ecomic groups and also by international (transnational) ones. In
this case it is important to emphasize all the natural resources Â– mineral,
hydric and genetic, which compose the biodiversity and which are beig
coveted more and more by chemical, pharmaceutical and cosmetic transnational companies...
Finally, to ponder about the five hundred years is to suffer with Mother Earth
on the five centuries of Brazilian domination, manifested on this developing
model which quickely assault the biodiversity and consequently the
brasilÃncolas/brasilÃgenas human rights, not respecting or recognizing the
technical and scientific wisdom and knowledge, which contributes and
complements the sustainable handling of environmental education.
Â“HOW SAD TO LOOK TO OUR FORESTS AND THIS
Our birds and animals perishing and dying. Our rivers losing their spirits.
thatÂ’s why the water we drink doesnÂ’t have anymore life. The truth is that we
donÂ’t havea place to stay. So many times we are thrown from one side to
I remember our forests, our waterfalls, our rivers with their fish. I remember the birds and several animals and how they lived peacefully.
Now with destruction, in the progressÂ’ name, not even our sacred rituals can be performed.
Mother Earth cries due so much pain and because of the human beingÂ’s
I wish that the third millennium can be followed on the wisdom path.
KaraÃ Mirim (Carlos) (Etnia Guarani - traditions Guarani)
ShanaytÃ¡ ( Sergio Prancvitch) (Etnia Tupi - traditions ArÃ¡ TembayÃª TayÃª)
Arany (Walkiria Prancvitch) (Etnia Tupi - traditions ArÃ¡ TembayÃª TayÃª)
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