Voices from the forgotten indigenous nations of Bolivia

Before they were nations, they were tribes.
Large close families with their own ways of life.
Who sailed without borders, without haste.
Then came the state apparatus, and later, modernity.
They are not part of universal history, nor of the official one.

Today they continue to live from the forest, from the river, because they decided so.
Their voices echo from their ancestral territory.

They were not born with rights, they conquered them.
Today, they continue to resist extinction, oblivion.
Today, they are the ones who write their history.

These are the voices of the forgotten indigenous nations of Bolivia.

Guarasu’we: the indigenous nation that refused to disappear under the leadership of its women

A sensitive work that takes us on a journey deep into the wilderness, to get to know the daily lives of three women in Guarasu’we territory. The short film created by Javier Badani in Bolivia is a visual journey into the tireless efforts of the Picaflor community to revitalize their language and keep their identity alive.

Rivers that sing and beings that resist: the untamed hope in the Bolivian Amazon

Amidst the majesty of the Noel Kempff Mercado National Park, Ignacia Montero, Luis Carlos Rocha, and Benedicto Durán, fight with determination to preserve their cultural legacy and the rich biodiversity of the Bolivian Amazon heartland. Resistance against extinction takes on new meaning in this region, where nature and tradition intertwine.

Amelia Pereira Frei: «My grandfather doesn’t want to die taking his language’s wisdom with him»

She is the coordinator of the Guarasu’we Language and Culture Institute. She feels a great need and concern to recover the living words of her people, which are in danger of extinction.

Yaneramai and the pumpkin seed: the Guarasu’we resistance in the Amazon without frontiers

The indigenous amazon people whom Yaneramai created from the seed of a pumpkin, are facing difficult days in the territories of Bolivia and Brazil. But the strength of a culture whose accomplice is life without haste is stronger than the threats to their territory.