The Ka’apor Indians, a tribe of indigenous Brazilians living in the northeast region of the country, have begun taking up arms against illegal loggers.
According to an article by RYOT, the Ka’apor, are a tribe who migrated to the area now known as the Alto Turiaçu Indigenous Reserve centuries ago. They are now defending their stretch of paradise from illegal loggers, criminals who’ve been sacking precious timber from the supposedly “protected” parts of the world’s largest rainforest located mostly in Brazil.
In the past year, several attempts by various Indian groups to force the loggers off their land with help from the Brazilian government have been futile, for reasons that include the army’s fear of the loggers or just not wanting to venture too deeply into the rainforest.
Several indigenous tribes have been attacked by illegal loggers.
Members of the Ka’apor and other Indian groups including the Gurupi and the Munduruku all share stories of having had their villages, elders, and animals attacked at random by loggers along their respective borders. In addition, a fear of losing the resources the forest provides drove the Ka’apor Indians to reclaim their land, despite any potential repercussions by the loggers and the logging industry.
The long-standing territorial battle between the Ka’apor and illegal loggers turned on its head last August as several members of the Ka’apor tribe decided to take matters into their own hands and expel several illegal loggers from the rainforest.
No longer pleased with or willing to wait on the Brazilian government’s assistance, a small army of Ka’apor banded together, armed with guns and bows and arrows, they descended on several illegal loggers in the forest, burning their trucks and tractors. Any loggers who resisted were immediately forced to strip and were beaten in a humiliating display.
The Ka’apor were joined by Reuters photographer Lunae Parracho, who documented the scene when they reportedly found a number of the men.