Beef, Bible and bullets: Amazon cowboys besiege indigenous lands

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Beef, Bible and bullets: Amazon cowboys besiege indigenous lands

The rich landowners claim the Amazon is theirs, pitting themselves against the rainforest’s guardians

AFP

As evening falls over their Amazon home, the hunter-gatherers of the Uru-eu-wau-wau people extract bamboo arrows from the flank of a wild pig and begin roasting it.

A few kilometres – and a world – away on the opposite side of the rainforest’s delicate existential divide, cowboys on horseback round up cattle at the outer reaches of a vast ranch.

“We have no problem with them,” said Awapy Uru-eu-wau-wau, the young chief of the 19-person forest community in central Rondonia state...

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