The Kayapo were originally a nomadic people and still live in the rainforests using a sustainable slash-and-burn horticulture. Using global media and international attention, they have established political power over their own land. At one time, mining and logging threatened to destroy the rainforest, and thus their way of life. In retaliation, the Kayapo people used forceful tactics to banish loggers and miners in some areas, as well as establish themselves as an economic force. Later, they were again threatened by secretive government plans to build a series of hydro-electric dams on their land. Under the leadership Paulinho Paiakan, a large demonstration was orchestrated by the Kayapo, drawing media attention world-wide. This demonstration, staged at the planned site for the first dam in Altamira, Pará, lasted several days and brought much pressure upon both the World Bank and the Brazilian government. In addition, the rock star Sting made an appearance at the demonstration. As a result, the World Bank denied the request for a loan which was to be used to build the dam. The Brazilian government backed out of the plans, as well. Subgroups of the Kayapo include the Xikrin, Gorotire, Menkragnoti and Metyktire.
They have trade agreements with The Body Shop.
The kayapo live in the amazon rainforest
From ecological catastrophe to constitutional crisis: the long struggle over the Xingu dams comes to a climax at Belo Monte.(Scrambling for What's Left)
Jan 01, 2011; Once again, the indigenous peoples of the Xingu valley in the Brazilian Amazon are planning to make the long journey to the town...