Munduruku Resistance


At the end of September, 2015, the middle Tapajos Munduruku indigenous peoples held their annual general assembly.  The gathering was attended by all of the tribal leaders as well as supporters of the Munduruku struggle.

Through the week, matters discussed included health care, education, and the general development and well being of the Munduruku. However the topics that attracted the most attention and debate were the creation of the Flona, a proposed Brazilian national forest within Munduruku territory, and the federal government’s plans to build two dams on the Tapajos river. For years the Munduruku leadership has demanded the demarcation of their territory.  However the federal government has been reluctant to engage in any sort of formal consultations. The creation of the Flona would permit limited exploitation of the territory’s resources by private companies and the federal government, and inevitably lead to more resistance by the Munduruku.   During the assembly members of the Chico Mendes Conservation and Biodiversity Institute presented the preliminary research they conducted as part of the government’s plans to create the Flona.  An expedition was organized by to the tribal leadership to meet with isolated Munduruku in Daje Kapap Eypi, near Itaituba in western Para state for further discussions of the government’s plans.

The assembly closed with various participants signing an agreement that declared their commitment to fighting the federal government’s development projects, especially the hydroelectric projects.