SOUTH AMERICAN INDIANS CAMPAIGN FOR BUSHMEN
SI NEWS RELEASE
29 March 2005
Reaching out from the forests of South America to the Kalahari
desert, members of the isolated Ayoreo tribe in Paraguay have added
their voices to the Gana and Gwi Bushmen's campaign for their rights.
The Ayoreo Indians signed a petition in support of the Bushmen's
rights to return to their land, from which they were evicted in 2002
by the Botswana government.
The plight of the Gana and Gwi struck a chord with the
Ayoreo-Totobiegosode, who were moved from their land twenty years ago
by fundamentalist American missionaries. They too are struggling to
return to their land.
The hunter-gatherer Ayoreo-Totobiegosode live in the Chaco, the scrub-forest region of western Paraguay. Some groups of
Ayoreo-Totobiegosode choose to maintain total isolation from the outside world, making them the last uncontacted Indians south of the
Representatives of many other tribal peoples worldwide have already
joined the Bushmen's campaign, including the Innu of Canada, the Ogiek and the Maasai of Kenya, the Hadzabe of Tanzania, the Khoisan
peoples of South Africa and the Yanomami of Brazil.
Source: Survival International