The Xavante Chief

LOCATION: BELEM, BRAZIL
DATE: 2019
PHOTOGAPHER: CRISTINA DE MIDDEL

Fire is extremely important to the Xavante tribe. The tribe historically light controlled fires to control the growth of vegetation in the Mato Grosso state. It’s also their way of regenerating plant species, and a source of natural remedies against flu and diabetes. Recently, as the temperature in Brazil has increased, their chief says that these fires have become far harder to burn in a controlled manner. They are always blamed by local farmers for starting fires and the government has already banned them from burning for five years. Soon, their ability to manage the regeneration of the land may be out of their control. This is the alarming reality of the climate crisis.

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