In the shadow of last week's contentious vote to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, Brazil's indigenous agency FUNAI and environmental agency IBAMA made unexpected, decisive rulings in defense of indigenous rights and ecological protection in the Amazon.
Important to remember is that agribusiness, mining and some 100 dams planned for the Amazon have been driving the "miracle" in Brazil - all at the expense of the original peoples and ecological diversity.
You can walk through the forest in many regions and it looks like "virgin forest" when in fact what is being seen is the result of millennia of cultivation. The treasure of the indigenous cultures STILL struggles for recognition while predatory capitalism blindly claims its permanent destruction is "progress".
Here is just one example of how erroneously colonization has torqued realities. Terra Preta and Rio Preto and 16th century chronicles