The Aripuana Park and the Polonoroeste Programme

Author: Carmen Junquiera and Betty Mindlin
Number of pages: 101
ISSN number: 0105-4503
Country publication is about: Brazil, Brasil
Region publication is about: Latin America, América Latina
Release year: 1987
Release month/day: apr-87

Tags: Climate action

The Polonoroeste programme is a World Bank-funded colonisation project in central Brazil. This document looks at the indigenous peoples of the Aripuana Park which lies in the path of the development plan. The authors, anthropologists who have lived with the Cinta Larga and Surui Indians of the Park for many years, argue that the Programme is contributing to and exacerbating a situation which already exists in Brazil as a whole. The inefficient bureaucratic state machinery together with a society riddled with injustice to indigenous peoples, is working through the world Bank to futher demoralise and destroy the Indians.
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