Davi Yanomami, the “Dalai Lama of the Rainforest,” wins “Alternative Nobel Prize”


Davi Yanomami, who has won this year’s Right Livelihood Award

Davi Yanomami, who has won this year’s Proper Livelihood Award

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Renowned Yanomami shaman Davi Kopenawa, the “Dalai Lama of the Rainforest,” has won this year’s Proper Livelihood Award, identified as the “Alternative Nobel Prize.”

Davi led his people’s 20-year campaign to defend their Amazonian territory. Combined with the Yanomami territory in Venezuela, it is the biggest region of rainforest beneath indigenous manage anyplace in the planet.

Davi is the President of Hutukara, the Yanomami organization, who share the award with him. He 1st travelled outdoors Brazil in 1989, when Survival International, which won that year’s Proper Livelihood Award, invited him to Europe to accept the prize on its behalf.

Davi outside the UK's House of Commons on his first trip outside Brazil, with Survival. 1989.

Davi outdoors the UK’s Property of Commons on his 1st trip outdoors Brazil, with Survival. 1989.

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Subsequently Survival organized Davi’s 1st trip to the USA in 1991, exactly where he met the then-UN Secretary Basic, members of the Inter American Commission on Human Rights and American senators to raise awareness of the impending genocide of the Yanomami, as gold miners flooded into their rainforest bringing deadly epidemics and chronic violence.

Because then he has travelled extensively, campaigning to defend the Amazon from destruction by mining, ranching, logging, road-creating and fire.

In 2010 he wrote The Falling Sky, the 1st book by a Yanomami. An exploration of Yanomami cosmology, as effectively as a deeply moving account of his people’s struggle to survive epidemics and violence, it was described by Survival’s Director Stephen Corry as “one of the most vital books of our time.”

Davi has regularly been threatened by the gold miners and politicians who target the sources inside the Yanomami territory. He lives in his neighborhood, Watoriki (the Windy Mountain), practising shamanism. His father in law, Lourival, was one particular of the oldest and most respected Yanomami shamans. He is married to Fátima and they have six youngsters and a lot of grandchildren.

Davi has won a lot of prizes and awards in his lifetime, which includes the UN Worldwide 500 award, and an honorable mention by the jury of Spain’s Bartolomé de las Casas Prize.

Davi stated currently: “I am quite content that the RLA prize persons didn’t overlook me. It has come at just the suitable time. I’m quite content. They trust me and Hutukara and these who defend the forest and Planet Earth. This provides me the strength to carry on fighting to defend the soul of the Amazon.

“We, the peoples of the planet, need to have to defend our cultural heritage as Omame [the Creator] taught us – to reside effectively, caring for our land so that future generations can continue to use it.

“I trust Survival International’s operate quite a great deal. It is 50 years old and continues to help us, and carries on fighting and assisting my persons.”

Survival International Director Stephen Corry stated currently: “Davi is special. His ideology is continually informed by his shamanism. His book is the most detailed and sincere account of Amazon beliefs ever recorded. He remains unimpressed and totally unswayed by the supposed advantages of the industrialized planet, which he sees by way of with penetrating gaze. He remains by far the most constant and powerful indigenous voice raised in defence of Amazonia, and so of our wider planet. Survival International has supported the Yanomami for 50 years and been operating with Davi for most of that time. No one particular deserves this prize a lot more.”

Notes to Editors:
– Survival’s Media Kit consists of a bio, pictures, video and a lot more.
– In current years the Yanomami territory has been invaded by 10-20,000 goldminers, who have polluted the rivers with mercury and attacked Yanomami villagers. Some of the miners are just a couple of miles from uncontacted Yanomami communities.
– In 2004 Davi founded Hutukara, the Yanomami association which advocates for Yanomami rights and runs land protection, education and wellness care projects. He is at present its President.
– Earlier this year Davi and other leaders organized the greatest ever protest for indigenous rights worldwide, in reaction to President Bolsonaro’s war on indigenous persons.
– The other winners of this year’s award are: Greta Thunberg, Aminatou Haidar and Guo Jianmei
– The award ceremony will take location on December four in Stockholm.


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