Trinidad Colorado. ‘KINSHIP OF RIVERS FESTIVAL’ Sunday May 21st 3-7 MST Amato Lumber 224 E. Godding Street, Trinidad. Colorado. 81082…

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Acclaimed Laureate Wang Ping Returns to ‘The Colony’, Trinidad Colorado. ‘KINSHIP OF RIVERS FESTIVAL’ Sunday May 21st 3-7 MST Amato Lumber 224 E. Godding Street, Trinidad, Colorado, 81082 As promised the irrepressible Wang Ping is returning to Trinidad Colorado with her Kinship of Rivers Festival to prepare traditional Chinese dumplings. Her backdrop will be in the Amato Lumber Yard (The Diamond in the Rough) where her ‘Kinship of Rivers’ flag installations will be on display, share stories and christen the future ‘Sitt Nyein Aye Arts & Cultural Center’. [ 45 more words ]

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Wang Ping’s ‘Kinship of Rivers Festival’ Sunday 21st, Trinidad Colorado

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Wang Ping ‘Kinship of Rivers’ Project Returns to ‘The Colony’. Trinidad Colorado

Wang Ping ‘Kinship of Rivers’ Project Returns to ‘The Colony’. Trinidad Colorado

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As promised Award Winning Laureate Wang Ping returns to The Colony to prepare her Traditional Chinese Dumpling. Kinship of Rivers continues to inspire unity and bring respect to our most precious commodity, water. Mni Wiconi, Water is Life and Wang Ping made the pilgrimage to the Oceti Sakowin Camp, along the Cannon Ball River. It became a sacred journey, a story you must hear.

Ms. Ping will share her tales of life and the people who inspired them, along the river. It’s not just about dumplings, it’s about life, cultures, diversity as well as commonalities that make us uniquely human. Kinship is a bond that needs few worlds to describe for it is more a feeling of deeper understanding, trust and sanctuary, a novelty in today’s world. She’ll be at the Amato Lumber Yard Complex, 224 E. Godding, Trinidad, Colorado, 81082 on May 21st at 3:00 pm.

Renowned Artist/Activist Sitt Nyein Aye of Burma will also be painting Murals and Big & little kids are most welcome to participate with Sitt and express themselves in color. Wang Ping will display her Everest Flag Installations. Everyone can create a flag with personal statements, concerns prayers or whatever floats their canoe in the spirit of sharing and cultural expression.

Visitors from around the planet encouraged to bring their traditional regalia, music, and stories, join in on the conversation. If you’re from another universe, ‘Sí, hablamos Pleiadean & Andromedian’. Carbon and sodium based life forms welcome. Abductions and probing prohibited where posted.  BYOAC: Bring Your Own Aluminum Cap. Bring sense of humor

Minstrels welcome to wandering about eh. Hopefully a mix of cultures will converge on this humble little gathering to give a truly international flavor to this humble event. Human beings from a throughout the universe and multi dimensional planes are invited to celibate water with Wang Ping, Sitt Nyein Aye and the artists from ‘The Colony’.

Regardless of the state of it’s state of matter, water is water.

Wang Ping will be at the Amato Lumber Yard Complex, 224 E. Godding, Trinidad, Colorado, on Sunday May 21st at 3:00 pm.

Open agenda & room for improv. 

Info: noveho@gmail.com, ask for Guido, Capice?

Your Devil’s Advocate

Buffalohair  

Buffalohair: Thingyan Celebration. Denver Colorado / 4-16-17 April 22. 2017

Thingyan Celebration, Denver Colorado, 4-16-17

A video glimpse into the Burmese Community on Thingyan, The Burmese New Years Celebration. 

What stole the show for me was the reunion of comrades who struggled, fought and in some cases were tortured for years in prison in an effort to break a man’s spirit.

Fortunately, the spirit of freedom and democracy did not die within these most honorable men.

They stand together once again.

Saw Ngo, Hlaing Moe Than, Sitt Nyein Aye, Ko Oo (below) are Burma’s hallowed heroes.

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Burma’s Warriors for Peace

And it was an honor to be among Real Champions of Freedom and Democracy.

Your Devil’s Advocate

Buffalohair

FROTH MORTON’S BIG DAY…. / 2007 ..

FROTH MORTON’S BIG DAY…. / 2007

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FROTH MORTON’S BIG DAY….

After a wonderful day at his favorite mental health facility and 60,000 volts of elector shock therapy, Froth Morton gathered up all 12 of his brain cells.

“Hmm, what did I learn today?” he thought as he scanned the list of things he “should” try to avoid, and it read.

“Froth Morton, please follow the doctors instructions, this time.

1.Stay away from small animals, like squirrels and other fuzzy creatures.

2.Avoid hardware stores, cutlery shops, and firearms stores.

3.Stay out of Iran, just because one raving lunatic wants to start a war to keep his cronies in the industrial War Machine supplied with American tax payers hard earned dollars is no excuse.

4.Don’t worry about health care or social issues that are affecting the citizens of this nation, no one else is. And by the way, the hospital is going to seize all your worldly possessions to cover you’re expenses. Eventually you will debt free but homeless.

5.You are not of retirement age as of yet so you don’t have to find a crime family to join to supplement your Social Security Benefits. Fact is, there will be no Social Security by the time you are of retirement age anyway.

6.You have to quit sending threatening letters to Gale Norton. The addition of talcum powder in the envelope with the word “anthrax” was very disruptive.

7.Ann Little Running Deer is not “your goddess” so stop stealing her underwear and building alters in her honor in the parkings lot of the Smithsonian OR the Hard Rock Café.

8.Stop wearing those stupid aluminum hats. Neutrinos, Alpha and Beta particles, secret messages from George Bush, and lice are not conspiring against you in an elaborate form of mind control. In all reality, George has missed many of his therapy sessions anyway.

9.Dick Cheney is not the re-incarnate of Benito Mussolini. Just because he is a pious self absorbed swine hell bent on enriching Halliburton via the Iraqi War. And no, he is not the puppet master and George is not his puppet. The Illuminati Skull or Bones pulls George’s strings anyway, you know, that “New World Odor” his dad started.

10. So what if 80% of the wealth of this nation is owned by 4% of the population. The other 96% of the population can live quite nicely on the remaining 20%, less the taxes, health care costs, rising fuel costs and a crumbling bogus economy. But having a cast iron umbrella while walking down Wall Street would not be a bad idea though, remember Black Tuesday?”

Invigorated by his visit to the Mental Health facility, he decided to run for the presidency of the United States of America. After all he was totally insane and that seems to be a prerequisite and well Froth Morton has all the qualifications.

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Burmese artist Sitt Nyein Aye takes advantage of the warm Winter day working on another one of his projects at ‘The Colony’ Trinidad. Colorado. USA

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Buffalohair 2012: The Earth Change Arpeggio….. That Everyone Missed

2012: The Earth Change Arpeggio….. That Everyone Missed

Mayan copyThe MSM did a bang up job intentionally Misrepresenting & Over-Billing the December 21st, 2012 Mayan ‘End-O-The-Earth’ Extravaganza. It ended in a cynically vituperative attack on prophecy spawned by a once hopeful people, vanquished by a non event. Well, let’s shed some light on 2012 and the mechanics of change you may not be aware of. Then you’ll know why us old buzzards are still smiling….

Almost from the start there was a gross misconception that on December 21st, 2012 the world would end, out of here, sayonara, auf wiedersehen. But alas, after all the hoopla and all the rigmarole about catastrophes far and wide, hell fire & brimstone and the eternal damnation of humanity itself, nothing not even a popcorn fart. BUT that’s exactly how it was meant to happen, significantly insignificant, like a thief in the night.

December 21th 2012 was the absolute of absolute demarcation points separating the last 26,000 cyclical reign from the new and present cyclical reign. We are at the cusp of change, the dynamic of which experienced by only a few throughout human history. This change was not marked with an abrupt halt but a subtle cessation of the previous cycle and the beginning of the new. What no 3D, special effects or even a laser light show? Better eat some bath salts and get some Zombie action going.

“Where is the destruction, the rouge meteor, Godzilla or King Kong?? I want my money back, this sucks! What happened to all that jazz & epic destruction of the planet? Come on guys, I waited 2 frigging years for the end of the earth and all I got was another copy of the ‘Eagles’ blue album”. This was the general response I received from readers back then. People were indignant and even mad at me because they were not dead & the planet aflame. Hokey Smokes Bullwinkle!

Though the effects of this change were not apparent at first light change has take effect one strand at a time at first then cumulative & perpetual as time progressed. Picture a snowball as it grows rolling down the hill. As the old medicine looses relevance the new medicine is gaining momentum but in a new and diametrically opposed direction. It is only a matter of time before the bonds of the past are replaced by a new era for this cycle has 25,996 years of changes to go.

This cyclic change also coincides with many dogmatic & ideological principles as well as a duffel bag full of prophetic teachings addressing the era we live. So jump right in, don’t be shy since all prophecies are relevant to the culture they are addressing. That means, just because my oral tradition does not say the exact same thing as yours doesn’t mean it’s not true. All it means is that your prophecies are groomed with events and cautions directed specifically to your people.

Eventually change will be evident on every level of existence, from the scientific to the supernatural and everything in-between. Things are going to change no matter how man tries to alter this destiny. It’s not going to be pretty since there are many people who’ve literally sold their souls & dignity for physical possessions and monetary affluence. We all have blood on our hands & we will feel it’s pain because nobody rides for free homie.

Don’t mean to fart in the steam-room but for all the good that will arise from this cyclic time of change we have plenty to be concerned about. The interim period will be chaotic on all levels as our world is literally turned upside down. Turmoil will reign and violence will ensue as societal controls give way to pandemonium in key metropolitan areas around the globe. But natural events, some of which never before known to science, will be the ultimate game changer. Go to your sacred book for details.

I live within the oral traditions & visions of my people. We all share a common knowledge of the spirit-world and the practical understanding & etiquette associated with this dimension. For us old buzzards it’s like reading a script since everything is transpiring as predicted to a tee. Pass the popcorn it’s about to get good. It’s really kind of bitchen witnessing events that were foretold in visions and oral histories. Well, some of them anyway. It would suck witnessing ‘fire from the sky’ and getting fried to a crisp.

Ma Earth and Father Sky are playing my song, ‘The Earth Change Arpeggio’ and it makes me smile.

Y’all better learn the lyrics and you’ll be smiling too.

Your Devil’s Advocate

Buffalohair

 

 

 

Mayan copyThe MSM did a bang up job intentionally Misrepresenting & Over-Billing the December 21st, 2012 Mayan ‘End-O-The-Earth’ Extravaganza. It ended in a cynically vituperative attack on prophecy spawned by a once hopeful people, vanquished by a non event. Well, let’s shed some light on 2012 and the mechanics of change you may not be aware of. Then you’ll know why us old buzzards are still smiling….

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Buffalohair: Prophetically Speaking; It’s Does Not Matter Who Won ANY Election

Prophetically Speaking; It’s Does Not Matter Who Won ANY Election

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The election is finished and predictably everyone still has their boxers in a knot. Don’t know what all the fuss is all about. My candidate did not even get on the ballot. But from a spiritual perspective nothing has changed, prophetically speaking. So don’t empty out your ‘bug-out bag’ and dig up your shelter just yet boys and girls because the show has only just begun.

Though some people bask in victory while others languish in loss, prophecies far and wide continue to count coup almost daily as seemingly unrelated events transpire around the world. The fact Earth’s populations face a common enemy, global corporatists and their army of investors is the very manifestation of prophecy in it’s darkest of realities, humanity is under siege as prophesized. Connect the dots, it’s in your face so you surely can’t ignore it now but many choose too.

Most important thing we must realize is that there are no ‘footnotes’ in prophecies, period. It is what it is, blunt and to the point and nowhere in prophecy does man successfully alter their destiny. Within prophecy it is well stated we will face a rash of bogus and misleading interpretations of real prophecies from self described or shill oracles. The presence of these charlatans is in itself a sign or verification of the era we live, ‘The Time of Change’, no more no less. So buyer beware.

What people must grasp in order to survive the present & cope with the future is that pesky spiritual connection deal everyone seems to ignore all the time. This can be found within the context of your oral tradition, religious or ideological teachings. I’m not here to convert you, just wake your ass up. Don’t be a sheeple, be your own guide and find your spiritual connection with the Creator, and stick to it. Learn to stand alone against bad spirits since you will be alone when they strike.

You must make that sacred connection so you can tell the differences between spirits that will soon flood our level of existence. Many people are already freaking out over ‘seeing’ apparitions or hearing ‘voices’, gawd. Yeah, so they are already here, get over it. If you had your spirituality in order you would not be such a pantie-waist when some lame spook floated through your longhouse. All dogmas have ways of identifying good and bad spirits so learn now or pay the price later.

Surviving the new era ain’t nothing but a meat-ball paisan, capice? You don’t need another human to be your liaison with the Creator, G*ddess, G*D, Maheo, or what ever you call your sacred dude, Great Mystery or ????. Your connection with the Creator is a sacred one and this bond should be honored within your tradition. I walk the path of my people but in reality it’s nobodies frigging business. There are many paths that point the same way so don’t buy into weaponized religion, holy war crap.

Spirituality was never meant to be complicated, a marathon reading exercise, pilgrimage to Machu Pichu with the Dali Lama’s Uber driver Eloy or becoming a bald headed incense dealer at DFW. No matter what path you walk you must be totally confident and capable of standing alone. You will be alone at a very inopportune moment when you get confronted with bad spirits and you will be vulnerable. Your dogma holds the key to surviving and it requires absolute faith. So pay attention.

Don’t go ‘ga ga’ over spirits with bags of glitzy parlor tricks because that should be a sign or red flag this translucent douche bag is not a ‘cool’ or good spirit. Spirits that are basically good guys don’t run their mouths about how spiffy they are or give excuses. Just remember, any spirit can talk trash and spooky stuff, even the spirit of a dead wino. Also, beware of man’s holographic ‘Second Coming’ and other scams that will soon flood our conscious & skies. Just a PSYOPS crowd management tactic.

When it comes to your spirituality, you must learn in earnest how to use the tools that are available to everyone when dealing with bonehead bad spirits. Interfacing with the spirit-world is going to make some folks totally loose it. People are already following the orders of some pinhead spirits voice urging them to do stupid things. Clearly when this dimensional interface is in full swing nut jobs will be coming out of the woodwork on a global scale.

On a sidebar, for those who pray to alien types & share dark technology or what ever floats your canoe, terrestrial or extraterrestrial, lizard, gray or plasma beings are just as susceptible to the conditions that will plague us meat encrusted buttheads. They have a spirit too. Get over yourself, they are not G*Ds, just celestial meatheads playing out their hand with some very simple minded & petty beings called humans. Technology is a galactic trinket that is traded with primitive life forms in every universe.

The power of nature is universal and dynamic beyond words and natures laws govern existance. Once you’ve achieved a true spiritual connection and accepted our real reality it’s like a breath of fresh air. You come to be aware of other properties we all possess that enhance our perceptions. Identifying a bad spirit is only a matter of feeling their medicine, aura or essence. Telepathy is more an instant download. Rather than having a conversation, you get total understanding with no words. That is the real world or universe.

Just because you are having ‘premonitions, visions or fitful dreams does not qualify you for a medicine man certificate and a lifetime subscription to ‘I Shaman Magazine’ or anything like that eh. We all have medicine and this is the era our medicine awakens to the actual world around us. Spirits and space guys have been here forever, same with other anomalous beings that existed since time immemorial. Nothing has changed from an ancient oral traditions point of view Mr./Ms. Frybread.

So put away your gourd rattle and tie-died turkey feather fan homie. We all are getting more psychic or more perceptive. Our peripheral vision is not freaking out, we are seeing things zip by us or gawking back at us. It’s our frontal vision dimensional beings can detect eh. They’ve been there forever it’s just now we are able to ‘see’ more. And it’s going to get more obvious. The real challenge is in keeping away from everyone that is going gonzo over the presence of space guys or other beings.

Nowhere in prophecies was it mentioned man would save the planet or themselves for that matter. On the contrary Ma Earth will not be a happy camper and man will be a thorn in her moccasins. Revisionism in prophecy is spiritual political correctness, another word for a strategically placed lie or misconception. Beware of the messengers for they will come from all cultures and besmirch the notion of absolute faith and non violence. They will mock the most vital tool for survival, spirituality.

What should be apparent to a neophyte eschatologist is that prophecy is moving along just fine and ironically the more man tries to alter his destiny the faster it comes to pass. What was once the fodder of fairy tales is anchored in hard reality. Always has been. But from an indigenous point of view this is old news, well at least for us old buzzards. I heard some of these re-scripted new and improved prophecies and though they may sound fuzzy it’s bogus for nothing has changed in the real world of prophecies.

The US election is over and people are scrambling from one side to another like chickens in a coup chasing a farmer with a bag of corn. Does it really matter? In the grand scheme of things this is only entertainment and something to wile away time before the main event. Man has an agenda to pursue that will be made meaningless by more dynamic natural events. Again, nothing has changed as far as prophecy is concerned. If ever there was a time to honor ancient ways and teachings it’s now.

The secret to surviving the future was carved on rocks and the skin of lambs for eons. Oral traditions from throughout the planet have circulated in epic detail on how it was, how it would be and how to survive the future. This is not the first time Ma Earth had her season and whacked the inhabitance. So it should be a no brainer we need to prepare for the future, collectively if we plan to survive. Record high & low temperatures will be the harbinger of a long & deep freeze. That is our destiny.

Elitists have an underground universe in preparation for disaster stocked with food and supplies to last decades beneath the earths crust. Elaborate state of the art water reclamation and oxygen regeneration facilities abound beneath our feet. People already live and work there. So someone is taking prophecy seriously but the sad part is, we are not invited even though we financed their underground utopia. But we have 4g wifi.

Good part is we will not be buried alive when the earth shifts turning underground communities into tombs. Tunnels will also fill with magma & water as Ma Earth heals her wounds according to visions. They say everything happens for a reason. Or is it just poetic justice. Bottom line, you had better get your spiritual act together before you find yourself on the wrong side of prophecy.

Like an old man in a vision once said;

“A rich man will die of starvation in his sleep while using a sack of pinto beans as a pillow”

Bon Appetite’

Your Devil’s Advocate

Buffalohair

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Buffalohair: A Reason WHY The Sta n ding Rock Sioux Tribe Oppose The Black Snake, DAPL – Mni Wiconi ~ Water IS Life

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A Reason WHY The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Oppose The Black Snake, DAPL – Mni Wiconi ~ Water IS Life

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The presidential election only exemplified exactly how corrupt the western press has become. It is simply a mechanism to promote corporate propaganda on many levels as dictated by Maddison Avenue via hand picked investor/politicians. The Standing Rock Stand-Off is a classic example, the media is further than Pluto from the truth.

 

At the very least the media placed Standing Rock on the map as inaccurate and as far from the truth as possible. There are other stories of epic & equal vane but don’t get ANY air time. Why? Because these news bytes lend credibility & validity to stories contrary to corporate dictum. Standing Rock is not an Indian uprising, rather it’s the last straw in a continuous wave of global corporate environmental disasters.

 

Though the mainstream media has a veritable blockade on Corporate Pollution News the Indigenous Telegraph is global and clear as a bell, can you hear me now? We indigenous peoples of the ‘third’ world know the hard realities behind the corporate global encroachment of tribal lands and the destruction of our habitat. We come in all colors so toss that ‘Race Card’ horse crap out the window, holay!

 

Pipeline and other toxic spills are not isolated events as the mainstream media purveys. It’s just not politically correct for a network to report on parent company holdings. In light of growing concern for the New Madrid Fault building anything underground is a random act of stupid at best. I’m not anti oil, I’m anti stupid but apparently the mainstream media is either brain dead, stupid or both.

 

The struggle against DAPL and corruption is not a physical one for this is a sacred spiritual journey where the most powerful weapon in humanities arsenal is prayer.  Acts of violence are simply false flags perpetrated by black ops and corporate hooligans. There are other deep cover provocateurs in camp as well and I could smell them. But it’s all for one common goal, to discrediting the real Water Protectors.  

 

Sensationalized media lies and distortion will be the justification needed to brutalize and kill innocent men, women, and kids. Sadly crimes against humanity and shear brutality are being reported to a deaf media. You heard about the woman who was charged with attempted murder but you didn’t hear about her charges being dropped. Fact is, many outrageous headliner charges are being dropped but the media is silent.

 

I was there, I spoke with the people and I slept under spotlights while low flying aircraft circled our camp without lights all night. So if I come down with Cholera, Zika, E-Bola and any form of cancer, you know why. Truth is not in the cards as far as the mainstream media is concerned. Lies and cover-ups are what the corporate media is all about and this is on a global scale not just Standing Rock, bottom line. 

 

So let me get you up to speed on why Standing Rock has become the ‘Lighting Rod’ in the eyes of the noble Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and people from around the world. I am including a recent news story that many of you never saw, we did. There are a multitude of other stories like this. They magnify legitimate concerns and the urgency to avoid such inevitable catastrophes. The Black Snake is a prophecy come true. 

 

A resident of the Oceti Sakowin Camp, Sunka Wakan Sapa had a request he wanted me to share with the planet.

 

He asked the people of the world to simply pray for ‘Our Grandmother’ for we are all related.

 

Mitakuye Oyasin 

 

Mni Wiconi

 

Your Devil’s Advocate

 

Buffalohair

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Amazon Oil Spill Impacts Indigenous Villages on Teles Pires River | Mongaby

Aerial view of the Teles Pires River in a remote part of the Amazon, where an oil spill has been reported. The spill occurred near the São Manoel dam that is being constructed by Empresa de Energia São Manoel — a consortium of firms that includes China Three Gorges, EDP Brasil, and Furnas. Indigenous villages report being seriously impacted by the spill.

Aerial view of the Teles Pires River in a remote part of the Amazon, where an oil spill has been reported. The spill occurred near the São Manoel dam that is being constructed by Empresa de Energia São Manoel — a consortium of firms that includes China Three Gorges, EDP Brasil, and Furnas. Indigenous villages report being seriously impacted by the spill.
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Monday, November 21, 2016

This article originally appeared in Mongabay.

 

  • An oil spill was detected on November 13th on the Teles Pires River, a tributary of the Tapajós River, in a remote part of the Brazilian Amazon. The spill occurred near the under-construction São Manoel hydropower dam. The spill’s cause or extent is as yet unknown.

 

  • Roughly 320 indigenous people were affected in villages near the dam site. Empresa de Energia São Manoel, the consortium building the dam, has sent more than 4,000 liters of fresh water to affected indigenous communities. IBAMA, Brazil’s environmental agency, is investigating.

 

  • Indigenous leader Taravi Kayabi described the spill’s impact on his community: “All this is a terrible sadness for our people. This region is sacred to us. Now, along with the land being flooded [due to the dam], they´ve dirtied our water. The fish have disappeared, too. People are getting sick with diarrhea. Everyone is worried about their health.”

 

  • The Teles Pires River already has three other dams, which have to date been subject to 24 lawsuits. Most of these cases focused on environmental impacts and violations of indigenous rights. The dams are part of the Tapajós Complex, a gigantic infrastructure project aimed at turning the Tapajós River and its tributaries into an industrial waterway for soy transport.

 

An indigenous leader at the São Manoel dam site in April 2015.

An indigenous leader at the São Manoel dam site in April 2015.
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The São Manoel dam is being constructed by Empresa de Energia São Manoel — a joint venture between China Three Gorges, EDP Brasil, and Furnas. Construction on the dam is expected to be complete in 2018, and it will generate 700 megawatts (MW) of electricity. It is one of four dams on the Teles Pires River.

 

The consortium issued a statement declaring that the river basin has returned to normal and that it is analyzing the causes of the spill while it continues to monitor the problem. “Fulfilling the São Manoel hydropower dam´s social responsibility with people in the surrounding area, after the incident was identified, the nearest indigenous villages were contacted and are receiving the necessary support,” said the Empresa de Energia São Manoel statement.

 

Brent Millikan of International Rivers, an environmental NGO active in the region, said that a federal lawsuit was likely once Brazil’s Federal Public Ministry had enough information on what has happened. “IBAMA should also fine the responsible parties. The big thing is discovering exactly what happened,” said Millikan.

 

Pirillo confirmed that once the investigation is complete, IBAMA will apply whatever fines and other measures are appropriate.

 

According to a report from Estadão, roughly 320 indigenous people were affected in the villages near the dam site. Empresa de Energia São Manoel, which is building the dam, has sent more than 4,000 liters of water to affected indigenous communities.

 

Taravi Kayabi, an indigenous leader, described to Estadão the impact the spill has had on his community: “All this is a terrible sadness for our people. This region is sacred to us. Now, along with the land being flooded [due to the dam], they´ve dirtied our water. The fish have disappeared, too. People are getting sick with diarrhea. Everyone is worried about their health.”

 

Agencia Brasil reported Kayabi saying that the community has been unable to fish since the weekend of the spill.

 

Attorney Juliana da Paula Batista of the Instituto Socio-Ambiental, an NGO, lived and worked in the area near the São Manoel dam for three years. “These indigenous communities are near four dams, and they still don’t have electricity or treated drinking water,” she told Mongabay. The Estadão article estimated that 900 indigenous people live near the site of the São Manoel dam; another 10,000 Munduruku indigenous people live downstream from the spill.

 

Diego Paleci, an indigenous resident in the area, said via email that oil had reached the villages of São Benedito, Coelho, Tucumã, Lageirinho, Dinossauro Kururuzinho, Minhocuçu e Barro Vermelho

 

as well as Teles Pires, a Munduruku and Mairovi village. He also said that indigenous leaders had contacted the prospectors’ cooperative, which denied any accidents in the area.

 

Local villagers get their water directly from the river, said Batista, who described how construction of dams along the Teles Pires has compromised water quality. One visit to the community, she said, left her and her colleagues hospitalized due to drinking contaminated water. “There were significant fish kills even before the oil, and these communities depend on fish for their primary source of protein,“ she said.

 

“These communities have three sacred places in the world, without which, the world will end.” Two of these places, she noted, the Sete Quedas (Seven Falls) and Morro do Macaco (Monkey Hill), have already been destroyed by the Teles Pires dam and the São Manoel dam. “But since these places are not on indigenous land, these impacts have not been recognized” by Brazilian authorities, Batista affirmed.

 

“These communities are dealing with a series of [government and construction industry] violations on a daily basis with no mechanisms to guarantee a minimum level of compensation for these impacts that will allow them to continue living according to their culture,” she said.

 

The São Manoel dam is one of more than 40 dams the Brazilian government has planned for the Tapajós Basin as part of a massive industrial waterway project which would transport soy from Mato Grosso state down the Tele Pires, Tapajós and Amazon rivers to the Atlantic Ocean.

 

The Teles Pires River, which the São Manoel dam will block, already has three other existing dams built as part of the Tapajós Complex project. Prosecutor Marco Antonio Barbosa of the Federal Public Ministry in Mato Grosso said these dams have already been subject to 24 lawsuits. Most of those cases, Barbosa said, focus on environmental impacts and violations of indigenous rights. “There are various issues [in these cases including] the lack of environmental impact studies related to the impact on indigenous communities.”

 

“Coincidentally, [Empresa de Energia São Manoel] was removing a cofferdam, and soon after there was this news that there was an oil spill,” Barbosa told Mongabay. A cofferdam is a temporary enclosure built within or across a water body so that the water can be pumped out, and such structures are commonly used in dam construction. Barbosa said that impacts on the villages´ water from this operation were already foreseen, and that the company had already planned to supply drinking water.

 

Empresa de Energia São Manoel did not respond to Mongabay´s request for comment on this point.

 

On September 18th, the Federal Public Ministry asked the Federal Police to open an investigation into the spill.

 

According to a report from Radio Agencia Nacional, the Federal Public Ministry and the Secretary of Indigenous Health will be meeting on Tuesday, November 23rd, in Alta Floresta to discuss water quality with the region’s indigenous leaders.