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I’m currently in the heart of the Amazon living amongst the Munduruku Indigenous People. We’ve set up camp and we’re here standing with them because the Brazilian Government is planning to build a mega hydrodam on the Tapajós river, where the Munduruku People have lived for centuries.

The Munduruku have been fiercely opposing this hydrodam, one of 43 planned for the Tapajós basin. The São Luiz do Tapajós mega dam would destroy vast amounts of rainforest and unique biodiversity. It will destroy the Munduruku hunting, fishing and harvesting grounds - the Munduruku people’s way of life.

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There's only a small number of us here in the forest but knowing that over 1 million of you are with us in spirit makes all the difference. I know the Munduruku are thankful for the support, and it really helps bring the issue into the international spotlight. Sign and share the petition - let's see if we can get 2 million!

An independent study shows that the SLT hydrodam would cause 2,200km2 of deforestation and drown 400km2 of pristine forest - including three Munduruku villages and multi sacred sites, along with rotting the forest and top soil, releasing huge amounts of CO2 and methane into the atmosphere.

If the SLT dam is built it would also enable a huge hydroway to be constructed throughout the entire Tapajós Basin. The hydroway would cause an inconceivable level of devastation to the Amazon, and would change this precious ecosystem forever by destabilising the role it plays in the world’s carbon cycle.

But the Brazilian Government are using unjust laws, to delay the process of officially recognising the Munduruku's territory and to deny them the power to stop the hydrodam.

We’re here helping to demarcate and record the boundaries of the Munduruku land in an effort to pressure the government to recognise indigenous land.

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Yesterday, we went on a four-hour trip up Jamaxin river, which flows into the mighty Tapajós, to install three demarcation signs. It was a rough boat ride in the scorching heat, over rocks and rapids, but our Mundurku pilot's intimate knowledge of the river enabled us to reach our destination. The first demarcation sign was put directly above a sign saying, “this area is national forest”, Here, this lacks protection, a bit like New Zealand general conservation land. Throughout this demarcation process it has been the Munduruku who decide where the signs go and how the campaign moves.

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Along with deciding where the signs go, the Munduruku also decided it should be them that mount them.

The Munduruku people share similar values to Greenpeace supporters like you - they're warriors who believe in protecting our planet. They have set us a great challenge and privilege by asking that we stay in this fight with them to the end. They acknowledge too that “this fight is poisoned” by the corruption of the Government, and that it will be long and hard.

Brazil doesn't need these hydrodams, but the Munduruku need the Amazon - we all do.

- Ruby

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Photos: Rogério Assis/Greenpeace