Oil devastates indigenous tribes from the Amazon to the Gulf

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Du pétrole et des plumes pour les Indiens du Golfe

Louisiane, Etats-Unis: Le bayou au sud de Venice, dans l’état de Louisiane, contaminé par la marée noire. AFP PHOTO / Clement SABOURIN

For the past few months, the mainstream media has focused on the environmental and technical dimensions of the Gulf mess. While that’s certainly important, reporters have ignored a crucial aspect of the BP spill: cultural extermination and the plight of indigenous peoples. Recently, the issue was highlighted when Louisiana Gulf residents in the town of Dulac received some unfamiliar visitors: Cofán Indians and others from the Amazon jungle.


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