Indigenous tribal cultures are an integral part of the ecology in which they live.  Unlike our industrialised societies which are based on the abuse of natural ecologies and the conception of humans as separate and opposed to nature; indigenous cultures are not only fully integrated into their ecology, but often perform important roles in maintaining the evolving equilibrium within the dymamic relationships of the ecosystem.

In Brazil alone, almost 1,500 tribes are believed to have become extinct since 1500.  When the first Europeans arrived in Brazil in 1500 it was home to over 10 million Indians. Five centuries of murder, torture, disease and exploitation have ravaged this population, and by the 1950s their population had plummeted to an all time low of about 100,000.

Indigenous tribes represent the last threads of humanity's unbroken ancestral relationship with the biosphere. Their myths, languages and cultural practices - transmitted through countless generations, are vast respositories of knowledge and wisdom.  This knowledge is irreplaceable and precious and is becoming extinct due to the incursion of capitalist globalisation and land appropriation. 


" We are Survival, the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights.We’re the only organization that champions tribal peoples around the world. We help them defend their lives, protect their lands and determine their own futures.Tribal peoples have developed ways of life that are largely self-sufficient and extraordinarily diverse. Many of the world’s staple crops and drugs used in Western medicine originate with them, and have saved millions of lives. Even so, tribal peoples are portrayed as backward and primitive simply because their communal ways are different. Industrialized societies subject them to genocidal violence, slavery and racism so they can steal their lands, resources and labor in the name of ‘progress’ and ‘civilization’.Our work is preventing the annihilation of tribal peoples. We give them a platform to speak to the world. We investigate atrocities and present evidence to the United Nations and other international forums. We support legal representation. We fund medical and self-help projects. We educate, research, campaign, lobby and protest. And we won’t give up until we all have a world where tribal peoples are respected and their human rights protected.We depend on you. We need your money, energy and enthusiasm to help us fight one of the most urgent and horrific humanitarian crises of our time."