“My Yanomami people have always lived in peace with the forest. Our ancestors taught us to understand our land and animals. We have used this knowledge carefully, for our existence depends on it. My Yanomami land was invaded by miners. A fifth of our people died from diseases we had never known.”

Davi Kopenawa Yanomami [See source notes]

Quote Number: 782

Source: Spoken in an interview in response to the film Avatar (2009), which he had viewed shortly before hand

Source Notes: Press Release with the quote: http://www.survivalinternational.org/news/5466

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