[BWD] Thursday, January 16th at 6:30 pm - Sue and Patrick Cunningham discuss and sign "Spirit of the Amazon"
Join us on Thursday, January 16th at 6:30 pm as we welcome Sue and Patrick Cunningham to the store to discuss and sign Spirit of the Amazon: The Indigenous Tribes of the Xingu!
Spirit of the Amazon is the work of photojournalist Sue Cunningham and writer Patrick Cunningham. It is a celebration of cultural difference and a call for better stewardship of the world. Sue’s stunning photographs demonstrate the spiritual and material value of the Xingu tribes to all mankind; they keep the forest alive and they protect the climate of South America and the rest of the world. Their spiritual connection to their environment and the wider Earth shows us an alternative way to connect to the natural richness of the planet, built on foundations completely different from those of global materialism. During their expedition by boat, the authors followed the course of the Xingu River, a tributary of the Amazon, travelling 2,500 km through the heart of Brazil. They visited 48 tribal villages in this remote part of the Amazon, accessible only by small plane or by negotiating the rapids of the Xingu.
This is the story of the tribal communities they met; their daily lives, their connection to the land and to the rivers, the threats which pervade each day of their lives. It is also a validation of their importance to the rest of the world; why these small, remote and often secretive indigenous communities are so important to our own lives and to our shared planet. It is a celebration of their vibrant cultures, their rituals and their rites of passage, of cultures very different from each other, but with a shared spiritual basis which respects the trees, the rivers and the rain. And it is a call for the world to protect them, their lands and their forests and rivers from the destruction which our avaricious greed for natural resources drives ever closer and deeper into their realm.
Sue and Patrick Cunningham have visited many tribal communities throughout Brazil, from the Yanomami in the north to the Guarani in the south, but the Xingu River basin has become the main focus of their work with indigenous peoples. They won a Royal Geographical Society award for their Heart of Brazil Expedition, travelling the 2,500 km length of the Xingu River by boat. They spent five months on the river, visiting 48 remote tribal communities from 17 ethnic groups, who between them speak 14 languages. The expedition consisted of just the two of them, accompanied by indigenous boatmen, the only people who know and understand the treacherous river’s 400 km of rapids. As Trustees of the charity Indigenous People’s Cultural Support Trust, they established Tribes Alive as a public information vehicle. The charity also provides small grants, emergency assistance, capacity building, programme development and logistical assistance to indigenous communities in Brazil.
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