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The Huaorani Speak

The following videos were filmed by a guest of the Huaorani People of Yasuni in 2011. They were subsequently posted on YouTube so the world could hear the Huaorani speak for themselves. A number of other videos are on the internet in which the Huaorani also speak. But in those videos, you will also likely hear someone else who doesn't necessarily have the Huaorani's needs and interests at heart.

The Huaorani want be heard and respected by outsiders who want to make decisions that would affect them.

The communities represented in the videos–Bameno, Bowanamo, Gabaro and Wema–are doing much more than making films. First and foremost, they have organized themselves to defend Yasuni,their culture and way of life; and to protect the human rights of other indigenous peoples in Yasuni, including their “uncontacted” neighbors (Tagaeri, Taromenani, and Tademoede Huaorani) so they may “live free” in isolation in their forest.

They call themselves Ome Gompote Kiwigimoni Huaorani (We Defend Our Huaorani Territory, “Ome Yasuni.”)

FULL ARTICLE HERE: The Huaorani Speak.

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